Portrait of Mrs. Fechin with Daughter - Russian impressionism museum
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Portrait of Mrs. Fechin with Daughter, 1925

Nicolai Fechin

Oil on canvas

Vadim Kossinski collection, Moscow

In New York, as he had before in Russia, the artist often painted his wife Alexandra Nikolaevna and his daughter Eya. “A Portrait of Mrs. Fechin and daughter” can be considered one of the best double portraits of the artist’s wife and daughter. When this picture was shown at the international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1926, it was awarded the Big Silver Medal.

Although Fechin combines the genre of still life with a scene of family tea-drinking, the picture remains primarily a portrait of his nearest and dearest. For more than twenty years, following the birth of his daughter Eya in 1914, Fechin painted her constantly, creating about forty portraits of her. After her parents separated in 1933, Eya decided to stay with her father.

Eya Nikolaevna actively preserved the memory of her father: she wrote memoirs and published books, restored the Fechin family’s house in Taos and set up a museum there. For her, it was important that the artist was remembered at home. She transported Fechin’s ashes to Kazan, presented his paintings and sculptures to the artist’s hometown, and his drawings to the Tretyakov Gallery. Eya Nikolaevna died in 2002. She requested to be buried in Russia, next to her father.