Portrait of Chaliapin, 1922, Kustodiev – overview of the painting
- Author: Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1922
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Chaliapin – Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. 1922. Oil on canvas. 315.5×237.5
The work of Boris Kustodiev, painted with piercing notes of love for his country, is surprising in the 1910-1920s – the most difficult years for Russia. The immersion of the master in the national past was a kind of departure from revolutionary reality and resulted in the creation of numerous paintings on the theme of fairs, fun festivities and noisy holidays. Sound, elegant, remote – such is the merchant’s Russia on the paintings of the artist.
The outstanding singer Fedor Ivanovich Shalyapin is represented against the backdrop of winter with Russian triples, saying that the artist who conquered world scenes remained a Russian person . Born in Kazan, Shalyapin made a brilliant career first in the Mammoth Private Opera, then in the Imperial theaters of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Kustodiev, having completed a ceremonial portrait of the singer, captured him in the image of a heavy barin. According to contemporaries, Shalyapin loved to flaunt expensive outfits.