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The opening of the exhibition “Boris Kustodiev and Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. Compositions for the City School House named after Peter the Great (1910–1911). The exposition became part of the festive program for the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I, organized by the Russian Museum, as well as the 110th anniversary of the construction of the School House – currently the Nakhimov Naval School is located there.
The exhibition presents a ceremonial portrait of Peter I, painted by Boris Kustodiev in 1911 and decorating the assembly structure of the hall in combination with other works, including a painting by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky on the theme “Peter I in Holland”. In addition to human canvases, viewers can see sketches, which are also independent works.
The design of the School House was carried out by the leaders of the association “The World of Art, which was occupied by Kustodiev and Dobuzhinsky.” According to the importance of the press service of the Russian Museum, the panel “Peter the Great” was the first monumental work in the work of Boris Kustodiev, and work on it coincided with the onset of a serious illness. Nevertheless, the artist achieved this large-scale work.
The work of Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, dedicated to the period of observation of Peter I in Saardam, has not survived to this day, it is represented only by sketches dated 1910. There is no way to present to the general public the work of Dmitry Kardovsky, a professor at the Academy of Arts, who also worked on the design of the hall. Kustodiev’s canvas was transferred to the Russian Museum from 176 labor schools in 1928.
The exposition can be seen until 15 August.