The artist is Kustodiev
Kustodiev’s picturesque talent was seen by the editorial office of the magazine „The world of art “During the years of student at the Academy of Arts. Diaghilev invited a young artist to his famous exhibition of 1906 in St. Petersburg, then showed his work at group exhibitions in the Paris Autumn Salon and in Berlin. „The world of art “has become for Kustodiev the environment of like -minded people.
Valentina Knyazeva // // Diaghilev and his era. SPb, 2001. WITH. 7.
In 1910 and. E. Grabar on behalf of the Tretyakov Gallery made Kustodiev an offer to write a group portrait of artists of the Association “World of Art”. The permanent participant in the exhibitions of the World of Art, Kustodiev with enthusiasm, took up work as soon as organizational circumstances allowed. For several years, from 1913 to 1916, he wrote a series of personal portraits from nature made in different techniques. Almost all the compositional options of the artist were later included in the sketch of the alleged, but never carried out large group portrait. Kustodiev placed the characters at the table in the living room of the apartment m. IN. Dobuzhinsky, they are depicted behind a friendly conversation in various movements and poses. The genre interpretation proposed by the master is sufficiently unusual for a group portrait and compositionally complex. The sketch created by the artist gave food for all kinds of interpretations by contemporaries and later researchers of the relationship between the “world of art” depicted on the canvas and the conditions within the artistic association for that period. (G. TO.).
Depicted (from left to right): Igor Emmanuilovich Grabar (1871-1960), Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (1874-1947), Evgeny Evgenievich Lansere (1875-1946), Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942), Alexander Nikolaevich Benois (1870-1960) , Georgy Ivanovich Nabut (1886-1920), Nikolai Dmitrievich Milioti (1874-1962), Konstantin Andreevich Somov (1869-1939), Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinsky (1875-1957), Kuzma Sergeyevich Petrov-Vodkin (1878-1939), Anna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Petrovna Ostroumova-Lebedev (1871-1955), Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev (1878-1927).
Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. WITH. 103.