The exhibition of Vladimir Makovsky's illustrations to Alexander Pushkin's works from the collections of the Scientific Research Museum at the Russian Academy of Arts was opened at the Brodsky Museum-Apartment (Saint-Petersburg).
Vladimir Yegorovich Makovsky is usually known as a painter, but he also was an illustrator.
In the early 1880s, the artist created a series of illustrations for Alexander Pushkin's works. Numerous pencil drawings were intended for mass poet's publications, produced for city and country schools, gymnasiums, colleges and institutes.
Makovsky's drawings spotlight various literary genres of Pushkin's oeuvre: poems and fairy tales, verses and the novel "Eugene Onegin" (1823-1830), the historical drama "Boris Godunov" (1825), plays from the cycle "Little Tragedies" and the novel "The Captain's Daughter" (1836).
Makovsky's illustrations are very detailed and specific - they are almost a precise reflection of Pushkin's text.
A complete series of Makovsky's drawings illustrating Pushkin's works were part of the artist Isaac Brodsky's collection. Now it enters the collections of the Scientific Research Museum at the Russian Academy of Arts. It features more than 50 items and is exhibited in full for the first time.