"Women with flowers". This fabulous oil on board painting by very well listed, Russian/American artist N. Tschacbasov (1899-1984) measures; 12" x
9" plus original frame. Condition is very good.
Born in Baku, in what is today the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Tschacbasov arrived in Chicago with his family in 1907. Life for the young man was hard. His father’s business failed soon after their arrival, and he was forced to leave school at the age of 13 to help support the family. After enlisting in the Navy during World War I and returning home, he went to night school and eventually started a successful accounting firm.
Around 1932 he became fascinated with art and went to Paris to pursue formal training; there he studied with Fernand Léger, among others, before moving in the mid-1930s to New York, where he painted full time. He worked on the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Arts Projects in 1935, later joining with friends, including the young Mark Rothko, to form an artists’ group, the Ten, combining the aim of social consciousness with an Expressionist style.
Mr. Tschacbasov’s early career was immensely successful. He had five one-man exhibitions at the prestigious ACA Galleries in New York from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s and participated in group exhibitions at many national museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.