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“Patriarchal Russia and Soviet Russia in graphic works by Boris Kustodiev”. An exhibition in the memorial museum of Isaak Brodsky


From the 5th of March the memorial museum of Isaak Brodsky has been hosting the exhibition commemorating the 136thanniversary since a prominent Russian artist Boris Kustodiev was born. The highlights of the exhibition are graphic works from the series “Russian types”. The main motif of it is a common image of old, provincial Russia or so called “merchant Russia”. The art series was created in 1920s and later, in 1923, it was accompanied with the texts by the Russian writer Eugeny Zamyatin.
 The exhibited works were originally created for the collection of Isaak Brodsky, an artist himself, a patron of arts and a good friend of Boris Kustodiev. Isaak Brodsky always considered Boris Kustodiev to be a great national artist of Russia.
The portrait of Isaak Brodsky painted by Boris Kustodiev is to be found at the exposition as well. One can tell with no doubt that the portrait was created by Brodsky’s friend as the work can be described as a portrait that was made with a deep respect but also with a “friendly” sense of humor.
Apart from the series “Russian types” the exhibition features other graphic works by Boris Kustodiev: “Laying female model” (1915), a number of portraits of outstanding Russian artists of his epoch and works for the series “A second congress of the Comintern. Figures of Communist International” (1920s).
The exhibition will be open until the 16th of March, 2014. 

 

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