Oil on canvas
63 x 45,5
State Russian Museum
Пост. в 1985 по завещанию Б. Н. и К. Б. Окуневых, Ленинград
The artist’s sunny interpretation of reality and interest in the lives of the common people are reflected in this particular canvas, painted from the window of the artist’s apartment on Vvedenskaya Street in Petrograd. This work appeared at one of the most dramatic moments in Kustodiev’s life. This picture exudes a sense of joy and the fullness of life, radiating optimism and hope for the future.
Kustodiev, Boris Mikhailovich (1818, Astrakhan - 1927, Leningrad)
Painter. Studied under Vasily Savinsky and Ilya Repin at the Higher School of Art, Imperial Academy of Arts (1896-1903). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in France and Spain (1903-1904). Academician of painting (1909). Founding member of the New Society of Artists (1904) and member of the Union of Russian Artists (1907), World of Art (1910) and the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1923). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1900). Contributed to the periodical exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1900-1901), Spring Exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1900-1903) and the exhibitions of the New Society of Artists (1904-1908), Union of Russian Artists (1907-1910), World of Art (1910-1924), Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1923, 1925) and the International Exhibitions in Munich (1901, gold medal; 1909) and Malmo (1914, gold medal). Designed for theatres in Moscow and St Petersburg (from 1911).