Nicolai Fechin was a Russian American Impressionist Painter who could capture a sense of children’s vulnerability. Fechin’s technique and approach made his paintings stand out. He used a palette knife, wonderful colour and whatever he had to, including saliva and his thumb, to achieve just the right effects. Fechin would start with an abstract and bring it back to realism in just a couple areas such as the face and hands, but his compositions were basically abstract. He was best known for his portraits and works featuring Native Americans.
Fechin was born in Russia on 26 November 1881 and died on 5 October 1955 in Santa Monica, California after immigrating to the States in the 1920’s