From Russia to Taos: Nicolai Fechin

Art historian Anne Connor explores the fascinating journey of Nicolai Fechin from his native Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, to the United States. Fechin first captured the public’s attention with his mastery of portraiture while in New York, and later became particularly known for his understanding of the Western culture in and around Taos, where his stunning palette-knife technique fit with the rough landscape and its indigenous population.

Presenter Anne Connor

Presenter Anne Connor spent her early years in Brussels, Belgium, and moved to Arizona in 1990. In 1997, she founded the Friends of European Art special interest group at the Phoenix Art Museum, serving as the group’s first president, and in 2003, together with Regent Professor Caio Pagano of ASU, started the “Evenings with Art and Music” program highlighting similar currents in both disciplines. She holds a Master Degree in Art History from ASU, and frequently gives lectures at the Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Community College and to special interest groups throughout the Valley.

This program is presented by the Scottsdale Artists’ School. The lecture is free to museum members and is $10 for the general public. You may register online at the Scottsdale Artists’ School website by clicking here, or call the School to register at (480-990-1422) prior to the event. Walk-ins are welcome.