Material:watercolour on paper
Dimensions:20 x 26cm
The sketch by Boris Kustodiev from the private Moscow collection was created in 1917 as an initial variant of the famous painting "Booths" dated from the same year, which is presented in the State Russian Museum.
The main motive of Kustodiev's works was depicting the life of the Russian province in its brightness and never-ending carnival - numerous "fairs", "festivals" and "Shrovetide" became a symbol of the artist.
"Booths" is one of the best works of the series, Kustodiev vividly and affectionately depicts the motley crowd which came to see the street performance.
According to the auction statistics Boris Kustodiev is one of the most expensive Russian artists. A record-breaking sum - 2.8 million pounds sterling - was paid for his painting "The Village Fair" of 1920 at the auction Sotheby's on June 8, 2009. It is interesting that 14 years ago, in December 1995 the same work was sold at an auction for 49.2 thousand pounds sterling. It reflects the fabuous price growth for Russian art.