This beautiful oil in canvass portrait is a masterpiece of Russian painter + stage designer, Boris Kustodiyeva, of his daughter, Irina, with the dog, Shumka in 1907. Boris Kustodiyeva, born in Astrakhan, is famed for illustrating many a classical Russian literature, including Leo Tolstoy‘s How the Devil Stole the Peasants Hunk of Bread and The Candle, and Nikolai Gogol‘s Dead Souls, The Carriage, and The Overcoat. He was most famous for his painting, The Merchant’s Wife, which he painted while staying in Switzerland, while undergoing private treatment for tuberculosis of the spine. Kustodiev joined the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia in 1923 + continued his artistic pursuits up until his death on May 28, 1927.
This beautiful postcard was sent to me through Postcrossing, unfortunately, the sender forgot to sign his name, but wrote this short message instead:
Hello, I live in Russia, Siberia, Tomsk my city is very old. It was founded in 1606. There are many universities and colleges. I live with my pet, british cat, Basya. He is 2 years old. He weighs 7.5 kg. I love him very much. Happy Postcrossing to you.
I guess, I might have to check Postcrossing to be able to credit my sender properly.
This is my Postcard Perfect share for this week, what’s yours?:)