Boris Kustodiev was one of those artists who have redefined the established artistic traditions and sought new sources of inspiration. The artist loved to travel across Volga and Volga towns. He loved to paint genre scenes, depicting the lives of ordinary people and scenes of festivals and fairs, the daily life of small towns.
Creative life Kustodiev associated with the activities of the "Union of Russian artists" and "World of art" that existed in the early twentieth century. The members of the first followed the Wanderers: wrote picture of people's lives, mainly rural landscapes and views of old Russian cities. The second is based on the international artistic tradition, and has written brilliant styling, nostalgic for the great old times. In his works Boris Kustodiev joined both of these trends.
In 1913, at the exhibition of the group "World of art", the artist showed the painting "Frosty day", which now belongs to the collection Radischevskaya Museum.
"Frosty day" is both a landscape and genre scene. Kustodiyev described a typical day of a provincial town: the streets were snowed in, girls in a hurry to ride in a sleigh, a janitor monotone waves his broom. But Kustodiev his brush transforms this commonplace into a celebration, and a simple winter day becomes cheerful and colorful. Horse with Swan's neck seem to have gone from dressy Palekh boxes, Scorcher overly heavy, neat houses look like toy, and the sunlight give of the snow cover and smoke a nice looking pinkish glow.