Nahum Tschacbasov Biography


Nahum Tschacbasov was born in Baku, Russia, and came to America when he was eight years old.

His paintings of the 1930’s reflect the social issues of the times.  In the 1940’s his work was influenced by Cubism and Surrealism. “Through the influence of Jung, as well as the newly arrived group of European Surrealists, he created a powerful personal iconography in which the inner workings of the psyche are revealed as myth and metaphor.”  He met other artists while working on the WPA Federal Arts Project and became more politically involved.  His works were shown at Galerie Secession with those of Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, and other modernist and expressionist painters. Tschacbasov, Rothko, Gottlieb, and others from Galerie Secession formed a group called “The Ten”, combining aims of social consciousness with an expressionist and abstract style.

He formed his own fine arts school in Woodstock and his teachings were influential at the Art Students League.  He exhibited at ACA Gallery in New York.  His works have been shown at the Whitney Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, the Art Institute of Chicago among others.

A variation of this image can be seen in other works including his painting “The Red Pony”, 1947, which was exhibited at his Retrospective at the National Arts Club.