On the 135 anniversary of Boris Kustodiev's birth

Kustodiev's energy and vitality were striking. Although wheelchair-bound, he attended theater premieres and even made long trips around Russia. As his illness progressed, the artist had to work on a canvas hanging over him almost horizontally in such close proximity that he was unable to see the work as a whole. Kustodiev was not yet fifty when he passed away. // "Russian Venus", 1926

Kustodiev's energy and vitality were striking. Although wheelchair-bound, he attended theater premieres and even made long trips around Russia. As his illness progressed, the artist had to work on a canvas hanging over him almost horizontally in such close proximity that he was unable to see the work as a whole. Kustodiev was not yet fifty when he passed away. // "Russian Venus", 1926

Boris Kustodiev

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