Art

Kustodiev – “Moscow tavern”

Kustodiev’s mature style was clearly manifested in his 1916 painting “Moscow Tavern”. It is known that the love of tea drinking has long been among the characteristic signs of Moscow life. Back in 1848, in one of his essays on Moscow life, Ivan Kokorev wrote: “Whoever knows Moscow firsthand, not by a cursory glance, will […]

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Kustodiev Boris – “The merchant’s wife at tea”

Beginning in 1912, the artist has been creating a whole cycle of portraits of the Russian merchants, whom he was well acquainted with since childhood, when his family was only renting an outbuilding in a merchant’s house. The first of the works in this cycle is considered to be the painting “The Merchants”, but perhaps […]

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Kramskoy – “Herodias”

Kramskoy’s painting Herodias (1884-1886) completes Kramskoy’s biblical trilogy. Like Laughter, the painting remained unfinished. Nevertheless, her pictorial qualities were highly appreciated by Repin, who advised Tretyakov to purchase Herodias from Kramskoy’s posthumous exhibition. The artist turned to one of the most dramatic stories in biblical history. But at the same time he chose not the […]