The exhibition “War and Peace of My Life” is timed to the 95th birthday of artist Andrei Nikolayev. Since 1953 he was inspired by the epic novel “War and Peace.” Nikolayev admitted that this has always been the main book of his life. For more than 30 years he painted illustrations for the text. His paintings not only became the peak of his artistic career but also the world’s best illustrations for the novel. The master managed to convey the feelings and thoughts of his heroes with the help of lines and colour. Experts believe Nikolayev created an inimitable universe of the deathless prose.
One of the sections of the exhibition is devoted to illustrations and portraits of writers and poets and other persons that are linked with Leo Tolstoy and the 19th and 20th centuries. These display items have been taken from the museum’s archives and the private collection of Alexander Verstov, the artist’s apprentice.
Works on the subject “Man at War” will also be shown at the exhibition. During the war Nikolayev was a military intelligence operative and later on a regimental intelligence officer. Visitors will have an opportunity to see his dress jacket, easel and paint brushes.
They will also see the artist’s photos, letters, diaries, albums, books and articles on philosophy, including those that have not been published.
Visitors will be offered the chance to watch a documentary made by the museum’s employee Svetlana Bokareva. It is devoted to the man who made a priceless contribution to the revelation of the secrets of the world-famous novel.
The exhibition will be open at the Tolstoy Centre on 12 Pyatnitskaya Street from the 9th June to 1st November. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be open from Noon to 8 pm; on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.