Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Art Review - "Nasturiums" by Nicolai Fechin

While we are reaching the end of the winter season and it's a beautiful 80 degrees here in San Antonio, I recognize that much of the rest of the country is still facing severe winter weather. So for today's #MuseumTourTuesday, here are some summer flowers to brighten everyone's week.

This painting by Nicolai Fechin was on display during our last visit to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Like all of Fechin's work, the piece goes beyond a simple representation of the subject, and the paint becomes a character unto itself. The texture becomes almost overwhelming, and it's difficult to tell where one flower ends and another begins, but a few carefully placed elements make all of them believable. Notice for instance that dark center of the orange flower near the center of the painting (shown in the detail), giving it more depth than any of the others. This translates its sense of form throughout the painting. There's never any need to render everything.

"Nasturtiums" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • ca. 1940 • 16" x 20"

"Nasturtiums" Detail • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • ca. 1940 • 16" x 20"

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