Original painting by Roman Chatov, Russian American artist (1900-1987).
Measures 39 3/4" high x 27 1/2" wide, including frame, which is 1" wide.
Wood frame, 1 3/4" deep, painting behind lucite.
Oil or acrylic on board, backed with foam board.
Signed R. Chatov in lower right.
Undated, but likely done in the 1960s.
In shades of grey, white and black with brown and reddish accents, the work depicts a Greek or Roman era man, posing in a classical background with columns, swag decorations, wearing sandals and draped fabric.
The image also bears a resemblance to a ballet dancer, either Rudolf Nureyev or Mikhail Barynishnikov. Chertov painted many celebrities and entertainers, and the theatrical background is typical of scenes from many ballets.
A powerful and dramatic image, deftly painted with layers of paint, fine lines, and much detailing.
Roman was born in Russia, and had begun a career as an artist, with an emphasis upon theatrical design, and portraiture.
He and his family fled Russia in 1922, and settled in New York, where Roman continued his artistic path, working in the WPA, designing and creating murals and theatrical design. His work displayed at the 1939 World's Fair was instrumental in establishing his career as an artist and muralist. One of his more famous murals was painted for the Russian Tea Room in NYC, and is now displayed in the New York City Museum Collection. In addition to his large and dramatic works, he became a well recognized portrait artist, and was sought out by celebrities and other notable individuals. Florenz Ziegfield hired him to design costumes for Ziegfield Follies. He moved to Atlanta Georgia in 1961, where he established a studio with his brother Constantine. Their studio was known for fine illustrative design, portraits, and both taught classes. Roman's son Marc continues in the family tradition and is recognized for his excellent talent.
The surface of the painting shows some crazing, and very minor flaking, hard to see without searching for it. It is framed behind lucite, professionally done, with a space between the surface painting and the lucite sheet.
This is a strong and appealing painting, a mixture of texture and subtle color that is both powerful and intriguing.
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