Kustodiev was fascinated by the sculpture in the 1900s and was actively engaged in it for a decade. These studies were interrupted by a severe illness that had developed – they became simply unbearable for the artist. In the years 1908-12, he created a considerable number of sculptural portraits – all of them are distinguished by the severity and laconism of the forms with the impressionistic “character” of the poses and the emotionality of the silhouettes.
The sculptural portrait “Children”, representing to us the children of the artist, belongs to the same series. In