Boris Kustodiev, Tsar Nicholas II (1915) Painting Poster

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Please note, we also sell a framed version of this poster here on RUS & SOV.

About the Painting

Boris Kustodiev's 1915 portrait of Tsar Nicholas II has rather a cumbersome official title, His Imperial Majesty the Sovereign Emperor Nikolai Alexandrovich the Autocrat of All Russia (Russian: Его императорское величество государь император Николай Александрович Самодержец Всероссийский).

Such an awkwardly long title fits well. Kustodiev did not like to paint portraits of famous people, and instead gravitated more towards depicting ordinary people, folk festivals, cute family scenes, and domestic faces. He has been quoted as feeling deeply uncomfortable at the imperial summer palace in Pushkin where he visited to capture this portrait. In general, this son of Volga Russia felt that Petersburg Russia and the entire upper autocratic state apparatus were foreign to him.

All the same, Kustodiev has created a beautiful, contemplative work in his portrait of the tsar. The tsar's bright charisma and unique personality in this painting. It’s hard to believe this sweet, innocent looking leader took over personal command of the Russian military during WWI that year and then would be executed along with his family within a few years.

Original Painting

Boris Kustodiev, Tsar Nicholas II (1915) Painting

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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