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Museum Collection

Drawings by S.G. Korolkov

More than 20 drawings and paintings by S.G. Korolkov were acquired by the State M.A. Sholokhov Museum-Reserve in October of 2005. Earlier the works were kept in the archives of V.I. Mikhailov, a resident of Toliyatti.

This previously unknown collection is peculiar to characterize the creative process of the artist. The drawings are mainly preparatory materials for some designs and projects. They reflect a search of image expressiveness of personages, types, as well as good knowledge of anatomy and plastic movements of the horse.

Especially interesting are the sketch drawings for the novel by M.A. Sholokhov “And Quiet Flows the Don”. One of them portrays Grigoriy Melekhov sitting at the table. With his head propped up by his hand, he is thinking heavily about something. His head is elaborately drawn, while the hand, torso and table are slightly sketched.

In the drawing “A Senior Uryadnik” we can see an athletic Cossack standing with his legs set apart. His field-shirt is tight about his strong brawny body.

One can be greatly impressed by the sketch “Grigoriy Melekhov is Saving Stepan Astakhov in the Battle”. It excellently conveys psychological and physical state of the wounded Stepan sitting in the saddle and Grigoriy running beside him. The image of Grigoriy is most successful in the work. The drawing right bottom is signed in pencil: “S.K. 1929. Moscow”.

Withal the collection takes in three water-colours and two paintings.

One of the earliest water-colours shows a detailed picture of a young fisherman wearing a Cossack papakha, unbuttoned raincoat and long fishing boots with the tops turned over to the knees. He is wreathed in smiles with his hands pushed in the pockets of his patched up wide trousers tightly tied up with a sash.

Amazingly realistic, expressive and inly powerful is a painting portrait of Stepan Razin.