The artist Pavel Tchelitchew was born in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, fleeing after the Russian Revolution of 1918. He ended up in Paris, where he met his two most important patrons, Gertrude Stein and Edith Sitwell. He later moved to New York City.
In 1938 Alice De Lamar gave Tchelitchev a studio on her property at Stone Brook in Weston, Connecticut. Here the artist became captivated by the rural landscape of New England.
His painting style was termed Neo-Romanticism. His masterpiece, Hide and Seek, is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; it was voted the public’s favorite painting in the 1940s.