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Dear Tatiana, NEP and French motifs: an exhibition of illustration genius - Konstantin Rudakov is taking place in Moscow

Until March 31, an exhibition dedicated to one of the most significant artists of the Russian book illustration of the first half of the twentieth century, Konstantin Rudakov, was opened in the Moscow Galeyev Gallery. The exhibition “Konstantin Rudakov (1891−1949). Painting, graphics ”consists of a selection of the best works of the artist, carefully collected by his friend Peter Kornilov.The exhibition presents most of the golden fund of the artist’s heritage. His unique style and perfection of owning various techniques of illustrations forever convinced several generations that this is exactly what Eugene Onegin and Natasha Rostov, Don Quixote and Hamlet look like, and many other characters we have loved since childhood.
In total for the creative life the master issued 85 works. But that's not all! Magnificent caricature sketches of the NEP period and examples of the artist’s true inspiration — subtle pictorial portraits — there is something to be surprised about and admire at the exhibition!Date Tatyana and Onegin "Onegin" Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1945Tatyana Larina in the garden Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1940Lisa and Lavretsky at the pond. Illustration for the novel "Noble Nest" Turgenev Konstantin Ivanovich RudakovIllustration for the novel by I.S. Turgenev "Noble Nest" Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1940

Konstantin Rudakov was one of those masters who perfectly mastered almost all types of graphic art. He owes such a high level to his teachers: Pavel Chistyakov (a mentor to many from Repin to Vrubel) and a devotee of the classical school Dmitry Kardovsky.

Especially for the exhibition published a complete monograph of the life and work of the legendary illustrator and painter. In addition, in the book you can find a complete collection of the satirical graphics of the artist, represented in the museums of Russia. The exhibition is accompanied by musical accompaniment, classical works by Tchaikovsky are performed.A pair of horsesKonstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1942Rudakov - an artist with a difficult fate: he survived the blockade of Leningrad, the loss of his son in the war and the forced emigration. Nevertheless, his works are fervent and optimistic, deeply philosophical and filled with the desire to live.Girlfriends. From the NEP series. Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1926

The heyday of the artist falls on the turbulent 1920s: when reporter artists became in great demand, Rudakov was literally “hot cakes” in leading satirical publications such as Laughs, Hippopotamus and Crocodile. During these years, there is a famous series of caricatures "NEP", whose characters have long survived a short era.

"What a meeting!". Caricature on N.A. Tyrsu.Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1939In the illustrations of Rudakov at the turn of the 1920s and 30s, French motifs are strongly felt, especially in the technique reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas. His sense of "French character" brilliantly depicted in the illustrations to the works of Zola and Maupassant.Illustration to the novel Maupassant "Dear Friend" "Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1936Illustration for the novel Maupassant "Buatel" Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1935Illustration to the novel "In the port" Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1935Illustration for "Pyshka" Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1935 "Looking at his illustrations for Maupassant, I can not believe that they were made by a man who did not see close to Paris ..." - Rudakov’s colleagues admired the skill of his colleague. teacher of the Academy of Arts. The schedule with a special style and in painting, "just like that" he wrote portraits - deep, psychological. Using the classic technique, he creates his own special world filled with personal experiences.The portrait of the artist's wife Konstantin Ivanovich Rudakov1940sAll the variety from satirical cartoons to deeply philosophical portraits can be seen at the exhibition “Konstantin Rudakov (1891−1949). Painting, graphics. The exposition is open to all comers until March 31 in the Moscow Galeyev Gallery, at the address: Moscow, B. Kozikhinsky Lane, 19/6 p. 1 (entrance to the arch in the courtyard of the house 17).
The title picture of the article "Self-portrait", 1942.