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Leonid Gechtoff (Ukrainian/American, 1883-1941), Still Life, oil on canvas, signed

Leonid Gechtoff (Ukrainian/American, 1883-1941), Still Life, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed lower right "L. Gechtoff", framed


Surface grime, needs to be cleaned, re-lined with Mylar, otherwise appears fine. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection


Sight: Height 24 in. x Width 30 in.

Frame: Height 29.5 in. x Width 35.5 in.

About The Artist:

Leonid Gechtoff was born in 1882 in Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. As a young man, Gechtoff spent time in Egypt and North Africa. He was taken with the hustle and bustle of Cairo's busy streets, its architecture, and the exotic dress of its inhabitants. Cairo was unlike anything Gechtoff had seen during his upbringing in Odessa.

Gechtoff counted Vincent van Vogh among his primary influences and traveled to Amsterdam after his sojourn in Cairo. His entry into the circles of contemporary Dutch artists led to several exhibitions. In Amsterdam, Gechtoff met his future wife Etya, a Russian-born medical student. The couple traveled to Indonesia and settled in Java and later, Manila.

In the early 1920s, Gechtoff moved to the Philadelphia area, where he would remain for the rest of his life. In the northeast, his focus shifted to landscapes, coastal seascapes, and still lifes.

This floral still life is characteristic of Gechtoff's work. The blue vase is overflowing with luscious red and pink dahlias. The loose brushwork and heavy impasto imbue the work with a sense of immediacy.


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