Born the son of an Astrakhan priest, Boris Kustodiev studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg with Ilya Repin (1844-1930). He spent some years travelling through Europe, and gained worldwide renown with his paintings, sculptures and illustrations, which focused on scenes of everyday Russian life: peasants and merchants, local fairs and feasts.
At the peak of his fame, Kustodiev donated a large number of artworks to the Astrakhan Art Gallery in his home town. The collection was displayed in this house, part of which had been home to his mother and sister when they were living as guests of his godmother, Alexandra Shaverdova. Today, the museum includes drawings in a range of media, together with examples of Kustodiev's experimental printmaking, sculpture, decorative and applied arts and photography. These are displayed in the historic interiors alongside a range of personal and archival material. The Kustodiv Studio Museum also hosts research programmes and projects, and works closely with the descendants of Boris Kustodiev.
Boris Kustodiev House (Museum)
Kalinina Street 26
+7 8512 51 1629
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Thursday 1pm - 9pm
Close on Mondays, and on the last day of every month.