The Wondrous Apple: Translated by Tracy Kuehn. Efim Chestnyakov (1874-1961) was a Russian artist who's works are based on folk art. He had been a student of Repin and had studied in St Petersburg. His paintings, scultures and manuscripts were discovered, after his death, displayed in peoples homes in his village of Shablovo. They were removed and taken to the Kostromo Regional Musuem of Fine Arts for restoration and preservation.