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Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Memory. 1983. Autolithography. V.S. Vilner. Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings
First of all, the Soviet graphics – a big era, which refers to the period from 1917 to 1991. Also, it includes post-revolutionary, pre-war, military (1941-1945), post-war, thaw (1960s), and stagnation (1980s) periods. Traditionally, the graphics itself realized itself in various forms – illustration, portraits, prints, ex-libris, emblems, drafts of banknotes, stamps, etc. In addition to engraving, traditional types of graphics continued to exist – pencil, charcoal, and pastel.
Numerous portraits of Lenin, the workers, determined to fulfill the plan, occupied prominent places on the pages of newspapers and magazines. But graphic art is diverse, from a newspaper drawing to a book illustration, made in classical techniques of pencil, coal; and subtle, refined color harmonies of watercolors, gouaches and pastels.
Meanwhile, in graphic art appeared a unique image, a personal beginning, caused by the desire for a comprehensive depth of analysis of spiritual processes in the life of modern man. The development of author’s techniques is evidence of the complication of the figurative system in the work of this or that artist.

V.S. Vilner. Blockade. 1982. Autolithography. Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

V.S. Vilner. Blockade. 1982. Autolithography. Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings

In the second half of the 1960s, graphics, like all Soviet art of the time, show an interest in the metaphorical multilayeredness of the image. The book illustration is successfully developing – through the efforts of artists of all generations.

Gradually, graphic artists show the increasing interest not just to illustrations, but also to the problems of the design of the book as a whole. Accordingly, appeared artists purposefully engaged in this complex, approaching the profession of designers, masters-designers and printers.

Soviet graphic artists Illustrations and drawings