The exhibition "Time for Heartfelt Inspiration!" will feature graphic works by two unique Estonian artists, husband and wife, Vera and Vlad Stanishevsky. They met at the Estonian Art Institute, where young students from Russia continued to perfect their skills as graphic artists.
Throughout their lives, both artists worked as illustrators; Vlad received the USSR State Prize in 1990 for his illustrations of Alexander Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman, and Vera became one of Estonia's most famous children's illustrators. However, both artists did not strive in their illustrations to clearly follow the narrative of the author, their task was to become co-authors of the writer and bring their own interpretation of the literary text into their works.
"Vlad Stanishevsky is known for the metaphorical artistic language of his works, each work of the artist is a text that the viewer must decipher while looking at it. The main themes of his creativity throughout his life were: the relationship of the artist with the world around him, the importance of art in human life, the frailty of human existence.
Vera, on the other hand, has created a unique, romantic-fairy world in her works, where the artist shows and reminds the viewer that "beauty should be sought in ordinary objects: in the falling light and shadows, in the relationship of lines, in color spots, in the flexible lines of ordinary grass and weeds placed in a vase. Her characters are often pensive, immersed in a world of their own thoughts, and this is akin to the outstanding masters of the Art Nouveau era.
The exhibition will feature about 60 graphic works by the artists. Including, for the first time in 30 years, illustrations to Alexander Pushkin's poem "The Bronze Horseman" will be shown in full. Particular attention should be paid to the works of Vera Stanishevskaya, dedicated to her visits to Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, as well as illustrations to the Nenets fairy tale "The Mouse and the Reindeer".