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Early Life:

        Boris-Kustodiev Boris Kustodiev was born in Astrakhan into the family of a professor of philosophy, history of literature, and logic at the local theological seminary 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 oil and water-colours.

Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev


Personal Details


Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev

Place of birth


Date of Birth

March 7, 1878

Date of Death

May 28, 1927






      The Russian Revolution of 1905 which shook the foundations of society, evoked a vivid response in the artist's soul. He contributed to the humorous journals Zhupel (Bugbear) and Adskaya Pochta (Hell’s Mail). At that time, he first met the artists of Mir Iskusstva (World of Art), a group of innovative Russian artists. He joined their association in 1910 and later took part in all their exhibitions.

   Works Of Boris Kustodiev:

Work done by Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev

Work done by Boris Mikhaylovich Kustodiev