Konstantin Istomin was a Soviet artist and teacher, a member of the Makovets and Four Arts societies. The best works of the artist are in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.
Konstantin Nikolaevich Istomin was born on December 26, 1886 (January 7, 1887) in Kursk into the family of an army officer. In 1901 his father was transferred to serve in Vladivostok and Konstantin went with him. In addition to his studies at the gymnasium, the boy began attending a school of arts in Vladivostok. After the outbreak of the war with Japan in 1904 the family moved to Kharkov, where the boy finally managed to finish the gymnasium. 18-year-old Konstantin Nikolaevich took part in the revolutionary events of 1905 that’s why he was arrested and imprisoned. After release from prison in the summer of 1906 the artist went to Germany. In Munich Konstantin studied at the Hungarian painter Simon Hollósy’s school of painting.