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American & European Paintings - September 2008
 
 
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Leonid Gechtoff
(American, 1883–1941)
A Winter Morning in New Jersey
Oil on canvas, 25 × 30 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: “L.Gechtoff '39”
Inscribed in ink on canvas verso: “A Winter Morning in N.J./By Leonid Gechtoff M.A.A 1939”
RS 3808


Little is known about Leonid Gechtoff, who was presumably of Eastern European or Russian descent. The titles of his paintings document that he was active in Egypt, the American Southwest, and Pennsylvania. He painted landscapes of the Middle East, marine scenes, and nudes with an unusually thick, textured impasto technique. The date on this unidentified winter scene indicates that Gechtoff worked in New Jersey shortly before his death in 1941.


  


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