Donation to the State Hermitage of an edition
of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita containing illustrations by
the Traugot brothers on original pages of graphics
On 9 March 2006, there was a festive ceremony in which the museum received
the donation of an edition of Bulgakov's novel Master and Margarita
containing illustrations by the Traugot brothers on original pages of
The brothers Alexander Georgievich Traugot and Valery Georgievich Traugot are painters, illustrators of books and sculptors. They were born in Leningrad in a family of artists. They consider their main teacher to have been their father, Georgy Nikolaevich Traugot.
Since 1956 they have been engaged in making graphics for books. They conceived and created their first books together with their father, hence the collective pseudonym "G.A.I. Traugot."
The artists have worked on more than 150 books, including:
Andersen's Fairy Tales, as illustrated by the Traugot brothers, have been republished 17 times in a total edition of 3 million copies.
Alexander and Valery Traugot have received more than 30 diplomas of recognition at All-Russian competitions, 14 of them - first degree.
The artists regularly participate in annual fairs of books and illustrations around Russia, as well as in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Japan and France. Works by the Traugot brothers are found in museums of Moscow (including the Tretyakov Gallery), St Petersburg, Tver, Arkhangelsk, Petrozavodsk, Vologda, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Ryazan, and Kaliningrad, as well as abroad: in the Andersen Museum in Odense, in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere. They are also in private collections in Europe, the USA and Israel.
At the present time, Valery Georgievich Traugot is the chairman of the graphics section of the Union of Artists of St Petersburg and the chief artist of the Tsarskoye Selo Publishing House.