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Nikolay P. Beschastnov

Evdokia N. Dergileva

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Nikolay P. Beschastnov — DSc in Art, Professor, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Sadovnicheskaya St., 33, p. 1, 117997 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6033-8471. E-mail: npb.art@mail.ru

Evdokia N. Dergileva — PhD in Art, Senior Lecturer, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Sadovnicheskaya St., 33, p. 1, 117997 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0062-6869. E-mail: dysua@mail.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 57


pp. 258-270


May 24, 2019

Date of publication

September 28, 2020



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The paper explores design process and illustrating of the exclusive book of poems by Sergei Yesenin “My way” (2017) by the famous Moscow artist Alena Dergileva (Elena Ivanovna Dergileva) and by “Lamartis” publishing house. The analysis of the determining of the General design concept of the book, the principles of work on illustrations allowed to reveal the features of the relationship between poetic creations and vicissitudes of the times of their creation. The reflection of the time context in the graphics allowed taking a fresh look at the meaning of the text. In general, the issue lem is considered against the general background of the history of domestic illustration of the works by the great Russian poet with his image established before Dergileva`s illustrative array. One of peculiarities of illustrating a number of books came to be an inclusion of both subject compositions and images of the poet in different periods of life: from the time of his first arrival in Moscow to his death in 1925. Dergileva interprets the changing appearance of the poet as an integral part of the historical time — the time of a bloody turning point in the fate of Russia. Combining the pictures of Moscow streets, troubled by revolutionary events, with intimate portraits of the Great Russian poet forms a complex plot and graphic subtext that allows you realizing the depth of seemingly simple poetic lines. An experienced portraitist and master of book illustration, Dergileva carefully draws the changes taking place in the very appearance of Yesenin — from a romantic young man to a man tired of the twists of fate, looking deep into himself. Each of the portraits is a vivid record of a stage in the life and work of the poet.


Sergey Yesenin, Alena Dergileva, Moscow, poems, poet, text, context, graphics, illustrations, portrait, time. 


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