The exhibition presents samples of book and magazine illustrations, book design elements, postcards by A. Benois, K. Somov, E. Lancere, M. Dobuzhinsky, A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva. They demonstrate that the whole complex of themes and images of easel works of the "world-writers" is reflected in the world of the book, as in miniature.
The exhibition is part of the cycle "The Artist and Time" and acquaints viewers with the milestones in the development of Russian drawing of the 18th - early 20th centuries based on the graphic collection of the Tretyakov Gallery. This exposition is dedicated to the activities of the art association "World of Art" and is timed to the anniversary of its founder and leader A.N. Benoit, a brilliant historian-researcher, art critic and publicist, public figure and artist, who left a mark on the history of theater, book and easel graphics. The concept of "World of Art" includes a whole complex of phenomena - a magazine, exhibitions and artists, who united around the magazine's publication and made up its editorial board. A group of like-minded people was formed on the basis of a Petersburg circle, at the initiative of A. Benois, for the joint study of art. It included young artists, writers, musicians. The original core of the "World of Art" - A. Benois, K. Somov, L. Bakst, E. Lanceray, D. Filosofov, V. Nouvel, A. Nurok - later joined M. Dobuzhinsky, A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva, E. Kruglikova.