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Born in Russia, Haritonoff became a portrait and landscape painter who combined Realism and Impressionism in his work.  In his teens, Haritonoff entered a monastery, where he studied art and painted primarily religious paintings.  This was followed by a period of eight years of additional study at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts.  His subjects expanded to include portraits, landscapes, historical and genre scenes.  In 1912, he married Maria, who became his main promoter and supporter.

After two years of study at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany, he returned to the Imperial Academy in 1914.  His focus was thereafter on portraiture and during World War I he painted official Army officer portraits for the War Department.

In 1920, he became an American citizen and moved his family to New York where he was known for his portraiture.  He remained true to his Russian training in realistic portraiture even though the trend was toward abstraction.  He began exhibiting at the National Academy of Design six years after establishing himself in New York.

Late in the 1930s, he was commissioned to paint portraits of the Rogers family in Laurel, Mississippi, where his paintings form part the collection of the Lauren Rogers Museum. Two museums in St. Petersburg hold his work.  They are the Russian Art Museum and the Academy of Art.  Haritonoff died in New York City in 1944.

Source:  Robert Banks, Dallas, Texas

Nicholas B. Haritonoff

American 1880-1944

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