This and its companion piece offered at this gallery were discovered in New York City and previously owned by a Russian immigrant. We were informed that this was a Russian artist of the early 20th century. The exquisite technique demonstrated by this early 20th century Russian artist is of high quality. Many artists of the early 20th century Russia, due to the Communistic regime, were never able to achieve world fame and exhibit beyond the boarders of the Iron Curtain. If this artist were to have done so, he certainly would have been touted as a master portrait artist. There has been a recent surge in interest in early 20th century Russian art and this gem is certainly a wonderful find.