Constantin Alexandrovitch WestchiloffRussian/American 1877-1945
(Born Konstantin Alexandrovich Veschilov was a Russian-American Impressionist painter. Westchiloff was born in Russia in 1877. He Americanized his name to Constantin A. Westchiloff when he emigrated to the United States in 1935.
He studied under Ilya Repin at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg from 1898. He won an award in 1904 for the painting, "Ivan the Terrible After the Triumph of Kazan." He held a foreign study fellowship from the Royal Academy in 1905-06. He exhibited in the Royal Academy's Fall Exhibit of 1906, showing "Breakthrough of the Cruiser Askold in 1904 in the Yellow Sea," which documented the Russo-Japanese War. In that Academy exhibit he also showed portraits of Count Nikolay Muravyoyov-Amursky and of Lieut. S. Poguljajeff. He was also active in theatre design at the Petrograd Technical Institute.
He emigrated from Soviet Russia in 1922, lived in Italy (1923-1928), France (1929-1935), and immigrated to the United Nations in 1935 and settled in New York, where he died.
Similar work sold Sotheby's London 11/29/2005 Lot 83 sale price $28,813. Oil on canvas 26 by 22 in.