The exposition is devoted to the most important stages in the development of Russian graphics. Visitors will see exhibits from the extensive collection of the gallery of the best draftsmen of the “turn of the century” - the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
On the eve of the twentieth century, a single picture of the world of fine art broke up into many individual worlds. The aesthetic models that dominated in the second half of the 19th century - academic and perennial - were a thing of the past, this was accompanied by revolutionary changes in the hierarchy of genres and techniques. Graphics seemed to have found a second wind after decades of being in the shadow of painting and rapidly began to move towards self-worth, forming new stylistic techniques, a new language, new ways of interacting with the viewer. Then, not only the accuracy of reproducing reality began to be appreciated, but also the expressiveness of the drawing itself, the skill of execution, the expression of form. Of particular interest in this project is the fact that among the reformers, who before others felt the approach of the new time, were not only the artists of the “frontier generation” - Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Viktor Borisov-Musatov, but also those seemingly rooted in the ruling system aesthetic views of masters like Nikolai Ge, Ilya Repin, Viktor Vasnetsov.