Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik (1920) Painting Poster

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About the Painting

The Bolshevik (Russian: Большевик) is a 1920 painting by Boris Kustodiev (Russian: Борис Михайлович Кустодиев).

From the first days of the revolution, Kustodiev actively joined the ranks of artists who accepted new socialist principles into their work. His famous The Bolshevik, with its heroic elation and magnificent symbolism, is one of the best painted incarnations of the revolution there is.

Kustodiev painted this masterpiece while confined to a wheelchair and only able to observe the revolution from his window. He wrote about his wish to participate, “I have never complained so much about my life, which does not allow me to go out - after all [such a ] street has to wait for centuries."

In The Bolshevik, a giant figure seems to grow out of the midst of a crowd. His step is hug; his march invincible. The crimson color of the flag he waves peals triumphantly all around the painting, before being lost behind the horizon.

Underneath this giant, streams of armed people move along the city streets. Before the giant and the crowd rests one last obstacle – a church, one of the symbols of the autocratic old order. It looks like the giant will simply be able to step over it, just as he has easily moved over the houses behind him.

Original Poster

Boris Kustodiev, The Bolshevik (1920) Painting Poster

Poster Quality

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Please note, all poster sizes are in inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm). 

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.57 oz/y² (189 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%

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