“... I was then about five years old, and for a long time I thought about why my drawings are perceived by others quite differently than I would like ...”“Gradually, I began to understand what exactly made the comedic impression, and often, quite consciously, I painted it so as to make the audience laugh. Soon I was satisfied that laughter was my ally. ”Herluf Bidstrup (September 10, 1912, Berlin - December 26, 1988, Alleroed, Denmark) is a famous Danish artist, the author, as indicated on the exhibition website, more than 5 thousand drawings. Most of all, the work of this brilliant draftsman became famous in his time in the open spaces of the USSR: the authorities' passionate faith in the ideals of socialism and communism of the artist - antifascist. He was always received with enthusiasm and honor, arranged for exhibitions in major museums of the country, and Bidstrup in return willingly gave his drawings. Those then “distributed” to the museums, and, thus, the Odessa Museum became the owner of a solid collection of graphic artists.
Several hundred drawings - there is something to make a spectacular exposure! Preference was given not to harsh satire and political subjects, but to more lightweight and amusing scenes: spring is still ... Bidsturp's books were published in millions of copies, his drawings were printed in Crocodile, and even English textbooks were illustrated with comics - caricatures. Bidstrup's name became a household name - in a good way, - and many of us, as a child, looked to the holes in the book with “funny pictures” from the parent closet.
We read in the "Monday begins on Saturday" of the Strugatskys: "... He painted excellently, in the style of Bidstrup, and was famous among the local brownies for prudence and sober behavior."It is interesting to look at Bidsturp's drawings not only because of the plots, which are gradually lined up from picture to picture, up to the comedic finale, but also because the pencil sketches are clearly visible on the original works. It turns out that he put the figures and strokes, and drew "a little side by side", without necessarily repeating each line absolutely exactly. Improvisations always have a place! The artist could work more thoroughly on some elements or details: the doggy was not given in a jump, or there was a wish to express some emotion or gesture more clearly ...“Caricature means exaggeration, more often it is understood as a distortion. I, however, never distorted reality, but often use a caricature as an exaggeration method. It should create the same strong impression on the viewer as the one made on the drawing ... "“… The acuteness of perception of a drawing made with a black stroke on a smooth sheet of white paper, and even in a significantly reduced form, is naturally weaker than the impression of reality, which means that the lost should be filled in another way.”“In the Royal Academy of Arts, where I was fortunate enough to do, I struggled four years in a row over the problems of painting, and in the evenings I painted with models' charcoal. These live models were little like living things. It was difficult for me to maintain an interest in a person who, day after day, stood for hours and sometimes months without moving, like a mummy. Therefore, in my free time I painted people in motion ... ""... In my pocket there was always a small notebook, and I filled it with everything that came across during the day, made sketches of people on the street, in a tram, etc."“At that time, zealous champions of abstract art appeared in Denmark. True, there were not many. Several of my comrades have become the pioneers of abstract art in our country. They left the Academy, which hampered their “revolutionary” impulse, intending to undermine bourgeois culture with “new art” ... From the top of their ivory tower, abstractionists . And when the creators were able to completely abstract from objects or images in their paintings at the beginning of the last century, a new art appeared - abstract. Read further scoff at the bourgeoisie, which is no longer indignant, but, on the contrary, views their creations with respectful recognition. After all, this painting does not pose any threat to capitalist society, on the contrary, it can even earn money on it. "
“Often the paintings of young artists are bought cheaply - such property is not taxed, and if in the future the artist becomes a celebrity, then capital can be made on his works. When the bourgeois began to buy paintings of abstract artists, they were ready to recognize anything by art. Any daub is accepted by bourgeois criticism with delight, it is judged with professional seriousness. "“I do not intend to assert that experiments are harmful. They are useful not only for an individual artist who is looking for a form in this way that best reflects his thought. An experiment can also lead to the renewal of old, banal ways of imaging, becoming monotonous and therefore losing force. However, the most important thing is how clearly the idea of the work is expressed, the idea of the artist. ”“I always build my humorous series so that they can be“ read ”from left to right as newspapers read. In the course of this story without words, I try to portray the characters in such a way that they appear before the audience, as in the frames of the film. From the figure to the picture I transfer the movement of the figures. It revives them. ”“Contrasts - incompatible contradictions and different temperaments - always constitute a good basis for humor. These contrasts of life can cause sparks that can even spark a war. A humorist also strikes sparks from contrasts, which makes him smile, maybe laughter, but by no means tears and the roar of guns. ”“In general, I could never understand why causing laughter is considered an occupation more base than causing tears. In my opinion, both laughter and tears give way to a person’s feelings, and laughter can be based on the same deep problems as in the basis of tears. ”“I most often draw themes for my humorous drawings from everyday life. My children, as well as the memories of my own childhood and of my then ideas, naturally gave rise to the creation of many series of children's drawings. Over time, perhaps, there is no such topic that I would not touch on, although the lack of text somewhat limits the choice. Often, the plot for my satire was arrogance, vanity, ingratitude, curiosity, etc. "At the opening of the opening day, the cartoon “Bench” was demonstrated: the characters of Bidstrup and the music of The Beatles - “Can't buy me love”, you can’t buy love! But the life stories of the Danish cartoonist are captivating: they are relevant at all times. Well, if the images of the “little men” of Bidstrup seem at times somewhat old-fashioned, then it is worth remembering that now there are flared trousers in fashion again! ed. “Art”, Moscow, 1962. Photo - by the author of the report.