Since official public publishing of "Fundamentals of Drawing" and "Fundamentals of Painting" has been at hand, it is getting obvious that the books are of unique value for art professors of our time, and for the students as well. Thus, it was logical that the author, Prof. V.A. Mogilevtsev decided to release a third version of this famous book. And that is exactly what we have done in this publication. Not only is history repeated, so is the image of educational set – the same drawings and wash painting, which have gained an extensive popularity since the first edition was produced. This is a proof that the basics of art will always remain a useful and necessary material for art education. So nothing new under the sun – so to say.
This new edition of the book takes into consideration all the feedback that was received from the previous editions, and also incorporates the feedback and comments that were received when the 2nd edition was launched. It also includes the new illustrations and also a few more historical paintings. Most importantly - the earlier chapters were rebuilt in order to create a more systematic structure of the book, and to aid the reader in learning the art of painting from scratch. The book includes two new chapters on composition, and color theory that - in my opinion - are of a complete value in today’s art education.
A few words about the history of the “Fundamentals of Drawing”. In the early 19th century the Pushkin Academy of Arts was searching for a way to comply with the new modern European ways of painting. Thus, paper painting was born. Earlier, the use of paper, as a support for drawing was not common, and thus it was assumed that the creation of correct drawings of a three-dimensional object necessitated using plaster and clay. This, however, in itself created two major problems – the usage of inorganic materials made it easier to erase the drawing, and secondly, the exposure to sunlight or light-boxes was inadequate to create the true desired effect. Nevertheless, during the final years of the 1860s and the first decade of the 1870s it was realised that the use of paper and charcoal (instead of inorganic materials) allowed for a huge extension of the possible artistic solutions. This further, plus the development of chemical processing, made it possible to develop an alternative method of rendering. d2c66b5586