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Exhibition "Family in the Mirror of Book Illustration"

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Exhibition "Family in the Mirror of Book Illustration"

From July 2 to mid-August the Division of Rare and Valuable Documents of the National Library of the Udmurt Republic is staging the book exhibition "Family in the Mirror of Book Illustration" timed to the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness.

"All happy families are similar to each other, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," wrote Leo Tolstoy in one of his novels. Our exhibition offers an opportunity to see how different artists viewed and illustrated the same families from famous Russian literary works. The exposition features some of the timeless treasures of the Russian literature and book illustration portraying scenes from family life (from the Library’s collections of rare and valuable publications "Polygraphic Art" and "Miniature Book").

These are editions of a historical novella by Nikolai Gogol "Taras Bulba" illustrated by artists E. Kibrik, A. Gerasimov, D. Shmarinov and A. Kostin; the pre-revolutionary edition of Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina" (1914, published by Sytin) with the illustrations of M. Shcheglov, A. Korin and A. Moravov; the post-war 1953 edition of the same novel with drawings by A. Samokhvalov. Visitors will also be able to see the portraits of the Rostov family from Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" as depicted by artist D. Shmarinov in the 1978 edition.

Pushkin's great verse novel "Eugene Onegin" aptly labeled as "the encyclopedia of Russian life" invites the reader to access the world of noble families. Our exhibition exposes how artworks by L. Timoshenko, N. Kuzmin, E. Nasibullin, J. Ignatiev, V. Vasiliev, O. Korovin accompanying "Eugene Onegin" help to reach audiences more directly than text alone.

No less interesting are different artistic visions of Russian peasant families. The exhibition displays the editions of N. A. Nekrasov’s poem "Moroz Krasnyi Nos" ("The Frost Red Nose") illustrated by Palekh artists Konstantin Melnikov and Faina Melnikova and academician A. A. Plastov.

Among other interesting items on display are the volume of Aleksey Tolstoy's novel "The Road to Calvary" illustrated by the Kukryniksy; Pushkin's "Tales of Belkin" with drawings by A. Bakulevsky and D. Shmarinov; S.T. Aksakov’s "The Family Chronicle" decorated by G. N. Burmagina.