While on a visit to Russia in the early 1920s, prominent Chicago banker Ralph Van Vechten commissioned artist Nicolai Fechin to paint a portrait of his daughter Duane, which was completed in 1926. It is possible that Ralph learned of Fechin’s work through his brother Carl Van Vechten, the well-known writer, photographer and patron of the Harlem Renaissance, who socialized with the elite members of the avant-garde, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Gertrude Stein.
If this catches your attention, come find out more about the founder of the collection that became the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Join Executive Director and Curator V. Susan Fisher at “Learning the Collections” for a discussion of this remarkable woman and her legacy. “Learning the Collections” is a series of monthly gallery talks that engages participants in looking at artwork up close and from the deep perspectives of history, and sharing their observations.