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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Boris Kustodiev (Russian painter, 1878 – 1927)

Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev was a Russian painter and stage designer. Boris Kustodiev was born in Astrakhan into the family of a professor of philosophy, history of literature, and logic at the local theological seminary.
Self-portrait during the hunt, 1905
His father died young, and all financial and material burdens fell on his mother's shoulders. The Kustodiev family rented a small wing in a rich merchant's house. It was there that the boy's first impressions were formed of the way of life of the provincial merchant class. The artist later wrote, "The whole tenor of the rich and plentiful merchant way of life was there right under my nose... It was like something out of an Ostrovsky play." The artist retained these childhood observations for years, recreating them later in oils and water-colours.
Merchant's Wife at Tea
In 1909, he was elected into Imperial Academy of Arts. He continued to work intensively, but a grave illnesstuberculosis of the spine required urgent attention.  On the advice of his doctors he went to Switzerland, where he spent a year undergoing treatment in a private clinic. He pined for his distant homeland, and Russian themes continued to provide the basic material for the works he painted during that year. In 1918, he painted The Merchant's Wife, which became the most famous of his paintings. The Merchant's Wife, (1918).
Russian Venus
Beauty
 In 1916, he became paraplegic. "Now my whole world is my room", he wrote. His ability to remain joyful and lively despite his paralysis amazed others. His colourful paintings and joyful genre pieces do not reveal his physical suffering, and on the contrary give the impression of a carefree and cheerful life. He meticulously restores his own childhood in the busy city on the Volga banks. In the first years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 the artist worked with great inspiration in various fields. Contemporary themes became the basis for his work, being embodied in drawings for calendars and book covers, and in illustrations and sketches of street decorations, as well as some portraits.
Tsar Nicholas II
Winter
Shrovetide
Show Booths

Blue House
Portrait of Fyodor Chaliapin
Bathing
At the Old Suzda
Fair
Maslenitsa Tuesda
Shrovetide
At Volga
Fireplace Night, 1917
Spring
Country
Haymaking
Summer Landscape
The Bath
Stenka Razin
The Bolshevik

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