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Illustrations by A.Glukhovtsev for the Story “The Fate of a Man”

11 illustrations for the story: ”The Fate of a Man” by the graphic artist Alexander Glukhovtsev are kept in the Museum-Reserve of M.A.Sholokhov.

The illustrations are linocuts of the close up pictures of the main characters of the story by Sholokhov. They are intense in black and white contrast, interpreted as psychological portraits, dynamic in touch. They are complemented with a landscape ending, which brings a note of a lyrical light in the harsh drama structure of the illustration. According to the artist, using only a sharp contrast of black and white it is possible to create an effect enhancing emotional perception of the image of Andrey Sokolov and a tragic tone of the story events.

Thus, through the emotional experience of the protagonist, Glukhovtsev found his approach to creating the illustrations for “The Fate of a Man”. Alexander Yerofeyevich said: “…Meetings with Russian soldiers at the front, observations on their moral character enabled me to make illustrations for the story by M.A.Sholokhov “The Fate of a Man”.

This work of Alexander Yerofeyevich was awarded three All-Russian diplomas and a Big Silver Medal of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements.

For the first time six linocuts were exposed in 1962 at the exhibition in Rostov-on-Don. Then, in 1967, the Rostov Publishing House edited the book by M.A.Sholokhov “The Fate of a Man” with ten linocuts by A.E.Glukhovtsev.

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Alexander Yerofeyevich Glukhovtsev, Honoured Artist of Russia, was born in 1910, in Stanitsa Makhoshevskaya (the Mostovsky District of the Krasnodar Territory). He died in 1998, in Nalchik.

He began his career in the Rostov Publishing House in the 30-s. He and S.G.Korolkov worked over one of the first editions of the novel “The Quiet Don” by Sholokhov published in 1939 – 1940, in Rostov-on-Don. Glukhovtsev made a number of savers for this edition.

A.E.Glukhovtsev and S.G.Korolkov, the first illustrator of the novel “The Quiet Don” were real friends. But the great Patriotic War parted the friends: Korolkov emigrated, and Glukhovtsev was a commander of the guerrilla unit under Novorossiysk.

After the war A.E.Glukhovtsev created a number of etchings: “Behind the Enemy Lines”, “Across the Front Line”, “He Said Nothing”. The works were very emotional, diverse in technology, were made with the use of aquatint and soft ground.

Since the early 50-s the artist had worked in the south of the RSFSR, cooperated with the publishers of Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Nalchik, Ordzhonikidze, Makhachkala.

During the years of his work Glukhovtsev illustrated about two hundred books: he designed books of fairytales of the world, books by Russian classics and Soviet writers, he was the first illustrator of the Adyghe, Balkar and Kabardian ABCs.

Valentina Leonova