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Manuelita with Kachina

Nicolai Ivanovich Fechin (AKA Nikolai Fechin), American (born Russia), (November 28, 1881–October 5, 1955)

Creation date: ca.1930
Creation place: United States

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Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett
Accession Number: 1938.25
State/Province: New Mexico
Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 16 1/8 in. (51 x 41 cm)


Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, California ( - )

Mrs. Henry A. Everett, Pasadena, California ( - 1938)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1938 - )

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Fechin was born in Russia and in 1923, he moved to the United States. Fechin joined the Taos Society of Artists in New Mexico and became part of the growing movement of artists who moved to the Southwest and were inspired to portray Native American culture. These representations often embody romantic notions rather than reveal the daily realities for many Native Americans living in the region. In Manuelita with Kachina, Fechin portrays a young girl holding two kachina dolls. Typically associated with Pueblo communities and most frequently with the Hopi culture, the dolls are often carved from wood, painted, and adorned with feathers and are used to teach children about their culture.. Overall, the subject matter of this Fechin painting is quite traditional, but individual areas of the painting reveal an expressionistic brushstroke indicative of the work that was to come from American artists engaged increasingly in abstraction.
Last Updated: 9/2/2020


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Paintings Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 1/2/1930 - 1/31/1930

Nicholai Fechin , 3/26/1976 - 5/9/1976

Painting and Sculpture Exhibition in Los Angeles before 1945 , 9/25/1980 - 11/23/1980

Nicolai Fechin , 6/15/1981 - 8/16/1981

American Artists from the Russian Empire Foundation for International Arts & Education , 10/24/2009 - 1/17/2010

Art of the United States from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 2/9/2011

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Visions of the West: Highlights from the Bloomberg Collection The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/14/2020 - 3/12/2021


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 148

M. Therese Southgate, M.D.. The Art of JAMA: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.. Saint Louis, 1997
Page Number: xv, 24, 25, Figure Number: 25

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 9

Mary N. Balcomb. Nicolai Fechin Fechin Art Reproductions. San Cristobal, New Mexico, 1999
Page Number: jacket, 59, Figure Number: jacket, 59

Dr. Galina Tuluzakova, Ph.D.. Nikolai Fechin (1881–1955) 2007
Page Number: 183, 477 no. 183, Figure Number: 183

Ms. Evgenia Petrova, ed. American Artists from the Russian Empire: Palace Editions. Moscow, Russia, 2008
Page Number: 150, Figure Number: 24


Label, : Los Angeles County Museum of Art / 5905 Wilshire Boulevard / Los Angeles / California 90036 / Telephone 937-4250 / Cable LARTMUS / Exhibition Painting and Sculpture in LA, Before 1945 / Title [underline] Indian Maid Seated [end underline]/ Dimensions 20 1/4 x 16 1/8" / Artist Nicolai Fechin / Catalog number Ex.80.1509 / (property of San Diego Museum of Art) / Box number / [italics] This object may not be repaired without consent of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art [end italics]

Label, : EX80.1509 / [underline]Indian Maid Seated[end underline] / Nicolai Fechin / SDMA

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