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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nikas Safronov has illustrated a book of poems by Alexander Shijanova

The apartments Nikas Safronov, was held the presentation of collection of poems of Alexander Shijanova “Comet of love”, where the illustration was used of paintings by famous artist. The author has told “MK”, how the painting influenced his poetry.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

— How long were you writing a book?

Life, the verses are not specifically written.

— How to choose artwork for your design?

— I all life communicated with artists. At home I weigh about a hundred paintings: Zverev, Popkov, Drobitsky. Painting is something without which I cannot exist. Poetry is the same painting, only in verse. Picture for illustration purposes we selected together with Nikas Safronov. The paintings and poetry were similar. For example, I saw a painting by Nikas dream Muddled Margarita on the visit of the Roman Empire”. It were very inspiring to me, and I immediately wrote the lyrics to this piece.

The next questions we addressed Nikas Safronov:

— Nikas, why you decided to make a book of these paintings?

I remember when I was in school in the 3rd grade, in the library, I got a little book — “Naughty stories” by Balzac in the design of Gustave doré. I immediately fell in love with Balzac, and in Dor — it has become for life one of my favorite artists. When a person is not able to dream, but feels the beauty and nature of things, through good illustrations opens up the world of poetry.

— What should be the illustration?

— First and foremost, it should not be a kind of a geographical map. It’s always a metaphor, good poetry is always allegorical. In addition, for the poet, who has a name, but not of the world, an illustration will help to attract the reader.

The style of the picture should correspond to the genre in which the poem was written?

— Sasha long years of talks with artists and knows exactly what kind of artist he needs for this or another book of his poems. For any poet, the illustration is almost the dominant privilege. It is this Union of artist and poet, and created this book.


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