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Nicolai Cikovsky (Belorussian/American, 1894-1987), Landscape, probably Long Island, New York, oil on masonite, signed, 20th century

Nicolai Cikovsky (Belorussian/American, 1894-1987), Landscape, probably Long Island, New York, oil on masonite, signed, 20th century

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Signed lower left "Nicolai Cikovsky" in black paint, framed


Appears fine. Please contact 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 14 in. x Width 18 in.

About The Artist:

Nicolai Cikovsky was an American Belarusian artist born in 1894. He grew up during a pivotal time in Russian history and studied at several art schools in Russia, including the Vilna Art School, the Penza Royal Art School, and the Vkhutemas Higher Art and Technical School before leaving the country for New York City in 1923. Because he was an imŽmigrŽant artist, Cikovsky initially had a difficult time establishing a career in New York and had little money. His works from this time period focus on the city and the plight of the poor immigrant populations. In the early 1930s, Cikovsky exhibited his work at the Charles Daniel Gallery, the Downtown Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York City.
During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration funded Cikovsky and other immigrant artists in his circle, including Moses and Raphael Soyer and David Burliuk, to paint urban landscapes and portraits. To escape from the blistering New York City summers, Cikovsky began migrating to the South Fork of Long Island, and the bucolic environment inspired him to paint vibrant landscapes. In Long Island, Cikovsky and his colleagues formed a group known as the "Squiretown Circle", and were participants in the Hampton Bays Art Group, an association of regional artists including Milton Avery and Arshile Gorky. In the 1970s, Cikovsky permanently settled on Long Island.

Cikovsky painted in a colorful and whimsical style. Instead of focusing on the clear representation of his subjects, he focused on color and light, employing simplified forms to create a sense of mild abstraction. Cikovsky is represented in many national galleries and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Art in California, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Cikovsky's landscape painting of a cottage community may depict the North Sea area of Southampton, Long Island, where he and his colleagues resided during the summer. Cikovsky enjoyed painting outdoors "en plein air", a setting that allowed him to accurately capture his perception of the sunlight on the canvas. In this painting, sunlight warms the cottages, giving the community a welcoming glow. A break in the rustic fence accentuates this welcoming country feeling, and the gap also serves as a point of access into the composition.


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Nicolai Cikovsky (Belorussian/American, 1894-1987), Landscape, probably Long Island, New York, oil on masonite, signed, 20th century

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