Collection of Princess Marina Kropotkina.
Gifted from above to the present owner, circa 1967.
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Before immigrating to the United States in 1922, Russian born artist Roman Chatov studied art in Moscow and Paris. In the United States Chatov settled down in New York City where he soon gained a reputation of an accomplished painter. He befriended many contemporaries including Florenz Ziegfield of Ziegfield Follies, which led to commissions of costume designs and Willem de Kooning, with whom he shared a studio in the 1930s.
He was commissioned by President Roosevelt's Works Project Administration (WPA) to paint murals for the Ford and Palestinian Pavilions at the 1939 New York World's Fair. This led to many important commissions including a mural for the Russian Tea Room which is currently housed in the New York City Museum Collection.
In 1959 he relocated to Atlanta where he opened a studio with his brother Constantine and continued his focus on portraiture. In 1983, several years before his death, he was honored with the Governor's Award from the Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities.