The Paintings of Boris Kustodiev. An extraordinarily beautiful doll featuring the paintings of Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927). The first, or head, doll is titled “Moscow Tavern”. In 1915, when Boris Mikhailovich lived in Moscow, this particular tavern was a unique gathering place. The waiters fuss about their customers and the atmosphere, with its red walls and vaulted ceilings, are contrasted by the blue clothing of the cab drivers, as if it were a fairy tale. The second doll "Merchant Wives" ("Купчихи") was originally painted in 1912, and now it resides in the Kiev State Museum of Russian Art. The wives stand before the shops against the backdrop of the city with its blue church domes and bell towers. "Lavka" ("Лавка"), the Russian word for shop, is written on the top of the doll. The third doll is "Merchant's Wife with Purchases" ("Купчиха с покупками"), from 1920, and which is kept in the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. A tall woman in a lace cape and holding a silk umbrella proudly strolls along the cobbled square. A young man follows hurriedly behind carrying her purchases, which include bread, fish, oil, wine and other delicacies. In the distance, through the morning haze, one can see a church and city buildings. Also visible are workmen unloading the heavy boxes in front of the inn. The fourth doll is a fragment from one of his most well-known paintings "Maslenitsa" ("Масленица"), 1919. Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide, was a favorite theme of Kustodiev's, especially since he was born on Shrove Tuesday. The next doll depicts a "Carpet Seller (Tatar)" "Продавец ковров (Татарин)" from 1920. It is part of the “Russian types " series and has many interesting details. Kustodiev himself was from that region, having been born in Astrakhan. The smaller pieces depict, in order, "Vegetables Merchant" ("Торговка овощами"- 1920), followed by "Baker" ("Булочник" - 1920), then "Sailor and His Girl" ("Матрос и милая" - 1920), 1920 and "Merchant's Wife Drinking Tea" ("Купчиха, пьющая чай" -1923), which is one of his later versions of a popular theme. The final piece is very detailed and depicts a young woman with long hair in a brightly colored dress and shawl titled "Mashka. Merchant's Daughter" ("Машка. Купеческая дочь." - 1926). This was a costume sketch for Yevgeniy Zamyatin's play "The Flea". The painter of the doll (bio below) has passionately recreated Kustodiev's gems. As said at the top, this doll is a stunner.
About the artist: Igor Viktorovich Shepel was born in 1961 in the city of Rostov-on-the-Don. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Rostov College of Arts (named after Mitrofan Borisovich Grekov 1882-1934, founding father of Soviet military theme and panoramic painting). Shepel is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and participates in many regional and personal exhibitions. He works and teaches at the Grekov Art School. He specializes in museum quality art done in oil, Russian masterpiece replicas as well as replicas of Western masters, both complex and simple. He is especially fond of painting landscapes as well as renditions of famous Russian icons. Many of his works are in museums, galleries and private collections in Russia, Germany, Brazil, and Canada.