Boris Kustodiev, The Merchant's Wife at Tea (1918) Painting Poster

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About the Painting

The Merchant's Wife at Tea (Russian: Купчиха за чаем) is a 1918 painting by Boris Kustodiev (Russian: Борис Михайлович Кустодиев).

The Merchant's Wife at Tea is a painting unique in its impressive power and harmonious integrity. A young woman drinks tea on the balcony of a wooden mansion. The folds of her dark purple dress and the same cap accentuate the whiteness of her rounded bare shoulders and the fresh colors of her rosy face. A sunny summer day tends towards evening. Pale pink clouds float across the blue-green sky. And on the table, a samovar glows with heat next to deliciously arranged fruits and sweets - juicy, red watermelon, apples, a bunch of grapes, jam, pretzels and rolls in a wicker breadbasket.

The woman is beautiful. Her strong body breathes health. Sitting comfortably, propping her elbow on one hand, she flirtatiously juts her plump little finger aside as she drinks from a saucer. A cat, purring and curving its tail with pleasure, flies to her buttery shoulder. Reigning supreme in the picture, taking up most of the space an attention, this stout woman seems to reign over the half-asleep provincial town that she personifies.

Original Painting

Boris Kustodiev, The Merchant's Wife at Tea (1918) 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.

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


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