Several dozens of illustrations were written by Russian artist Boris Zvorykin to accompany the work “Boris Godunov” by A. Pushkin. The dramatic play of the genius of Russian literature captivated the imagination of the illustrator. Graphic drawings were ready a century after the writing of a realistic drama by Pushkin. The play was completed in 1825; Zvorykin's illustrations date back to 1925.
What is remarkable for the graphic works of B.V. Zvorykin? Acquaintance with the play “Boris Godunov” allowed the artist to accurately convey the appearance of the characters, their characteristic features. He depicted the main scenes of the work so that the reader could emotionally immerse himself in the world of the historical past created by Pushkin.
Zvorykin was very interested in the “Russian theme”. He was attracted by folk customs, legends, folklore. He especially admired, as a true artist, the Russian decorative-applied and icon-painting art. In the illustrations for Boris Godunov, this author’s passion for folk art is traced. The artist elaborates on the costumes of the heroes, the decor of the rooms, and the architecture of Russian cities. He writes rich decoration of the royal estate: embroidered carpets and tablecloths, gilded candelabra, numerous icons shining with gold. Here he depicts the modest life of peasants. In these illustrations we can see Russia as it was centuries ago - at the end of the 16th century.
Book illustrations for Boris Godunov were first published in Paris. Now these wonderful works on a historical theme are available to every fan of Pushkin’s work.
Boris Zvorykin did not lose sight of anything. He skillfully portrayed architecture - palaces, towers and temples, as well as a huge number of main and secondary characters of the play. The grandiose work of the illustrator is still highly appreciated by critics.
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