Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev (March 7, 1878 - May 28, 1927) was a Russian painter and designer of theater stages. He exhibited his art for the first time in 1896, "I have great hope for Kustodiev.. . " wrote Repine. "He is a talented artist and a thoughtful and serious man with a great love for art, he made careful studies of nature ... " In 1918, he finished The wife of the merchant, which quickly became the most famous work of Kustodiev. In the first years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the artist worked in several disciplines with a lot of inspiration. Contemporary themes became the basis of his work, embodied in drawings for calendars and book covers, and in illustrations and sketches of street decorations. In 1923, Kustodiev joined the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia. He continued to paint, write, illustrate books and create theater sets until his death on May 28, 1927, in Leningrad.