Ilya Bogdesko
1923—2010

作者的作品

Amat  victoria curam (Victory favors those who take pains)

Amat victoria curam (Victory favors those who take pains)

Paper, ink, pen, 2003-2004
Dimidium facti, qui coepit facit (He who has begun has the work half done)

Dimidium facti, qui coepit facit (He who has begun has the work half done)

Paper, ink, 24x26 cm, 2002
Rustika

Rustika

Paper, ink, pen, 25x20 cm, 2003–2004
Slavic paper

Slavic paper

Paper, ink, pen, 30x17 cm, 2001
Amazing uncial

Amazing uncial

Paper, ink, 42x31cm, 2008
Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Сursive writing, broad-nib pens, ink, 39x29 cm
Calligraphy (book)

Calligraphy (book)

AGAT Publishers St. Petersburg, 21x28 cm, 2006
Headpiece

Headpiece

Etching, 28x39 cm, 1991
“The Purse a'Tuppence” (book)

“The Purse a'Tuppence” (book)

Literature Artistique Publishers, Chișinău, 50000 copies, 15x23 cm, 1977
Sheet “Meşterul Manole”

Sheet “Meşterul Manole”

Title page, broad-nib pens, Italics, 27x37 cm
Sheet “Н”

Sheet “Н”

Calligraphic monogram, Chinese ink, broad-nib metal pen, 15x19 cm
Sheet “But Don Quixote only regarded it…”

Sheet “But Don Quixote only regarded it…”

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 28x39 cm
Sheet 5

Sheet 5

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 24x34 cm
Sheet 56

Sheet 56

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 25x35 cm
Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“In the second part of this story...”)

Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“In the second part of this story...”)

Picture – etching, text – Italics, broad-nib metal pen, 59x36 cm
Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“They lifted Don Quixote from the ground and...”)

Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“They lifted Don Quixote from the ground and...”)

Picture – etching, text – Italics, broad-nib metal pen, 50x36 cm
Meşterul Manole (book)

Meşterul Manole (book)

PH Literature Artistique, Kishinev, 21x29 cm, 1986
Yny-i moldovian

Yny-i moldovian

Photocopy. Original: broad-nib and sharp-pointed nib pens, composition of Old Russian fonts, words in Moldavian, 19x26 cm
Font

Font

Cursive handwriting, broad-nib pens, ink, ready for print (white gouache finishing), 31x22 cm
Font composition

Font composition

Broad-nib pens, black paper, white gouache, ready for print (black ink and white gouache finishing), offset process, 39x27 cm, 1984
Fonts

Fonts

Composition of old Russian fonts, ink, broad-nib pens, 29x43 cm, 1984
Font composition 2

Font composition 2

Broad-nib pens, black paper, white gouache, ready for printing (finishing in black ink and white gouache), 28,5x40,2 cm, 1983

生平

Ilya  Bogdesko<br>1923—2010

Ilya Bogdesko was born in 1923 in Moldova (a former USSR republic). In 1951 he graduated from the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad. For many years he presided over the Union of Artists of Moldova. In 1984 he was elected as an active member of The Russian Academy of Arts. From 1993 Bogdesko resided in St Petersburg and was the Head of the Graphic department where he had studied before.

The winner of a number of national and international awards and prizes, including the Leipzig Book exhibition prize (for his illustrations for Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”).

In his graduate work, the illustrations for Gogol’s “Sorochinsky Fair”, he already demonstrated his quick eye, emotional style, and delicate sense of humor.

His sixty year creative advancement was predominantly devoted to illustrations for Moldavian, Russian and world classical literary works: Dostoevsky, Gogol, Pushkin, Swift, Cervantes, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Cooper, etc.

At the same time he created fine paintings, sculptures, and calligraphic works.

The art of book design, however, remained his priority. Starting to work on illustrations: the artist studied the corresponding historical epoch; analyzed the book from a modern world perspective and sifted it through his own experience and observations. His glorious ascent to the Olympus of mastery only seems to have been easy. He concealed all his doubts, torturing searches, and failures in his workshop. The audience saw only elaborate, fine and delicate works of art, carefully weighted on the scales of exquisite taste.

Ilya Bogdesko passed away on March 29th, 2010.