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Nicolai Fechin: The Art and the Life' The Art and Life of Nicolai Fechin"  By Galina P. Tuluzakova

Nicolai Fechin, The Art and the Life, features works and photographs from the immediate family being published for the first time. Author, Galina Tuluzakova is the unrivaled expert on Fechin’s education, technique and philosophy. This volume is truly the definitive story and full visual presentation of Fechin. A publication that will be treasured by artists and collectors. 462 pages with 427 vibrant color plates of Fechin’s work.
"For seven years, before finally settling in Santa Monica, Fechin took great delight in the abundance of subject matter the Taos area provided him. He worked with vibrant hues to paint the native people and traveled south to Mexico to sketch in charcoal, pencil and pastel the many faces of its people. The sketches reveal the superb draftsmanship underlying all his work. Author Frank Waters once wrote of Fechin,s paintings, "How they shout and sing! No man has this intensity of color. Few can equal his masterful draftsmanship. Whatever his subject, Fechin's work is stamped with his immediately recognizable style. "

The link below will take you to the official web page:
"An Evening in the Classroom"
 "Being notes taken by Miss Taylor in one of the classes of painting conducted by Harvey Dunn and printed at the instigation of Mario Cooper".
This small handcrafted book with original woodcuts captures another time in American Art- yet the words captured that evening by Miss Taylor still inspire artists today wanting more out of the ordinary classroom.  For the enthusiasts it is a peek inside a working  studio.

If you cannot lay your hands on this small edition, it is captured in Walt Reeds new book "Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West ". This title leaves short the work Dunn created- he was more than a "Painter of the Pioneer West". Harvey Dunn was a student of Howard Pyle, a great illustrator, and one of our most noted artists of World War One. Dunn also greatly admired the works of Nicolai Fechin. It is close to the time that Dunn had Fechin's masterpiece "Carrying Away the Bride" in his studio that Dunn's own work took on the thick impasto paint. - NM Huehl 2013
You can buy this book from the South Dakota Art Museum:

A second hand store find now in reading list - this little gem where "the art is the writing"- Letters on Cezanne.

Cezanne both "impressionist" -"modernest" and Rilke an artist/master of the written word. In the fall of 1907 Rilke walked to a gallery in Paris to see the Cezanne's on exhibition, the experience of the day, to and from the gallery resulted in Rilke's thoughtful and joyful letters to his wife, Clara Westhoff.
Letters on Cezanne is a wonderful read, and can be found anywhere on Internet.

"What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.
Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke (1960)

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) Apples and Oranges Circa 1899
Oil on canvas H. 74; W. 93 cm  Musée d'Orsay  Paris France