The artist is Kustodiev
Chaliapin Fedor Ivanovich (1873–1938) – singer (bass), opera artist, director, artist. People’s Artist of the Republic (1918). Chamber singer. Since 1922 he lived abroad. Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. With. 28.
The artist paralyzed, chained to the chair, had to write a portrait in parts, while the canvas was tilted over the chair, so that Kustodiev worked, looking up as when painting the ceiling. The entire distance Kustodiev was not able to see the portrait – Chaliapin took him abroad with him and did not part with him until his death. (AND. L.). Russian portrait. XX century: St. Petersburg, 2001. With. 28.