Nikolai L. Astudin is a Russian and German artist. He was born in Moscow in a family of diplomats,the Major of Nicolai II Imperial Guard. He started taking painting classes in Petersburg and in 1862 left for Paris where he took classes given by A. Cassagne who was a Professor of Landscape Painting. The artist frequently travelled to Italy and Finland. During 1876 – 1878 Astudin exhibited his works at one-man shows in Berlin and later in 1885 in Zurich. Nikolai Astudin became famous through his landscapes and urban views. His works are exhibited at numerous museums and galleries in Western Europe as well as in private collections all over the world.