Signed and dated L/R “T. Nadejen, ’39” (Theodore, 1889-1974) and further inscribed with full name on stretcher, verso.
Born in Russia, Nadejen ran away from home at age 13 and went to sea as a Russian Imperial Navy volunteer. During his service he studied at the Royal Academy of Art, fleeing Moscow during the 1917 revolution to New York City, where he worked as a stage designer and artist. In the 1920’s, Nadejan settled in Los Angeles and married Ida Zeitlin, an author; he illustrated three of her books, including “Tales and Legends of Old Russia.” This painting is thought to be one of those illustrations, showing as it does a fully cassocked rope tied man with hat in forest shadows.