Moran will offer Fechin’s The Wood Engraver in February sale

PASADENA, Calif. – The Wood Engraver, a painting by Nicolai Fechin, will be offered at John Moran Auctioneers’ Feb. 19 sale of California and American art. The painting is estimated at $400,000-$600,000.

By the time Fechin (1881-1955) immigrated to New York from Russia in 1923, he had already established himself as one of Europe’s most notable artists. Shortly after his arrival, he won the Thomas R. Proctor Award for Portraiture in the 1924 exhibition at the National Academy of Design in New York. Fechin.jpgThe prized portrait was The Wood Engraver, which he painted in 1924. It depicts William G. Watt, an engraver, graphic artist and an associate of the National Academy of Design, at work in his Stroudsburg, Pa., studio.

The Wood Engraver by Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) will be offered at John Moran Auctioneers’ Feb. 19 sale. It is estimated at $400,000-$600,000.

In 1927, Fechin settled in Taos, N.M., painting the indigenous cultures. Works from his early years in New York are rarely seen.

The auction will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Bidding is available in person, by phone, absentee and on the Internet via eBay Live Auctions/Live Auctioneers.

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