After the war, Katz won a case relating to a property dispute on behalf of some actors of the Bolshoi theatre who were shareholders of a co-operative building on Bryusovsky pereulok. As a mark of gratitude they gave him the opportunity to obtain one of the apartments in the building. The Katz family moved into their new spacious five-roomed apartment on the 8th floor where they were based until 1989.
Kustodiev is known to have produced a number of versions of this composition from his Russkie tipy series, made so famous by the 1924 Brooklyn exhibition poster (fig.1). At least three watercolour versions are known: Izvozchik-likhach (1920, 33.7 by 28.2cm, Muzei-kvartira I.I.Brodskogo); Izvozchik (1920, 41.5 by 34cm, The Berdyansk Art Museum im.I.I.Brodskogo); and Likhach, Watercolour sketch (1920, 27.5 by 20cm, Private Collection). The composition of each differs slightly. In the present work for example, the details in the background, the coachman’s belt and mitten, the number on the droshka.
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