NICOLAI KUVSHINOFF (Russian-American 1899 - 1997) Original Oil Painting.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Size: 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches; framed 15 by 12 1/2 inches.
Signed: Lower right.
Condition: Appears to be Very Good. Not examined out of frame.
Has had public sales as high as $1,100.00 for a single painting.
His life was exemplary in many ways. The following is a biography based on the obituary dated March 19, 1997 from the "Seattle Times" and provided to AskART by Bruce Thomason, amateur art collector and Account Manager of the "Seattle Times."
A long-time artist in Seattle with a painting style called neo-cubist, Nicolai Kuvshinoff created abstract, bold works that reminded some viewers of the paintings of Pablo Picasso.
He lived in the Cascade neighborhood with his artist wife, Bertha, in what was called "an inseparable marriage" of 57 years. They painted together and carefully protected each other's solitude.
He was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a child. They first lived in Minnesota and then moved to Seattle where his father built the Russian Orthodox St. Spiridon Church in Cascade. Nicolai and Bertha were married in that church.
His career began when he was still in high school and he sketched fashion ads for the Bon Marche. After that, he was a cartoonist for the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer" and then started his own art school in Port Townsend.
He served in World War II and was stationed in India, central Burma, and China. He painted murals for officers and earned two Bronze Stars.
Creative in many ways including playing the balalaika, he had numerous one-man shows in Europe and the United States.
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NICOLAI KUVSHINOFF (Russian/American 1899-1997) - Signed Original Oil In His Neo-Cubist Style