Nikolay Feshin


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Status, estimation and price of the artist Nikolay Feshin

Price of a painting: 53,000 – 6,000,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 1,500 – 18,000 €.

Estimation of a sculpture: 500 – 3,400 €.

Estimation of a print: 100 – 2,300 €.

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Training and travel

Nikolay Feshin was an American painter of Russian origin, born on November 26, 1881 in Kazan. He died on October 5, 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He is a portrait painter known, in particular, for his canvases depicting Native Americans.

At the age of 13, he entered the art school of his hometown before joining the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. During a trip to Siberia in 1904, Nikolay Feshin discovered the landscapes and was fascinated by the natives. He returned several times to capture the essence of his people and their dwellings. Five years later, he received the Prix de Rome and set off to discover the capitals of Europe. He wins a gold medal at the Munich International Exhibition. In 1910, the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh (USA) invited Nikolay Feshin to exhibit his paintings.

The painter returned to Kazan and became a teacher there, teaching, among others, Konstantin Chebotaryov. But he was forced to move to New York in 1923, following the famine that ravaged Russia. He taught at the New York Academy of Art and exhibited at the National Academy of Design where he won first prize in 1924.

Sickness and Consecration

Nikolay Feshin became well known for his splendid portraits, which include figures such as Lenin and Karl Marx. But during his stay in New York, Nikolay Feshin caught tuberculosis and had to move to drier climates. He lived in Taos, New Mexico, where he set up an art centre. Landscapes brought back memories of Siberia and he actively returned to painting. He mainly depicts native Americans, which becomes his biggest work in the United States. He became a naturalized American in Taos, a city he particularly liked.

Nikolay Feshin bought a house and set about renovating and modifying it. This house now belongs to the Taos Museum of Art and some rooms have been preserved. The house was classified as a historical monument in 1979. Nikolay Feshin died in Santa Monica in 1955 and was buried there, but in 1976 his daughter decided to take his body back to Kazan, Russia. In 1981 she founded the Feshin Institute in Taos in his honour.

As for love

Fechin married Alexandra Belkovitch in 1913. The latter was the daughter of the headmaster of the Kazan school. The couple finally divorced in 1933. In 1914 Eya was born, who lived most of her life with her father.

Recognising Nikolay Feshin’s signature

Like many artists, Nikolay Feshin did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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