Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 420–434
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Vera N.Terekhina
Terekhina, V. N. “‘I Raised Myself as a Poet...’: Sergey Esenin through the Artist’s View.” Sergey Esenin in the Context of the Epoch: Сollective Мonograph. Ex. ed. Natalia I. Shubnikova-Guseva. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021, pp. 420–434. (In Russian)

About the author:

Vera N.Terekhina, Director of Research,DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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In the rich lifetime iconography of Sergey Esenin there are runaway amateur sketches for memory and natural portraits made by professional artists. The article refers to the complex process of stylistic analysis and attribution of two portraits of Esenin from the collection of picturesque and graphic rarities of S. I. Grigoryants. One of the early portraits was made by Russian artist I. G. Anthropov (1888–1963) in 1919 and represents a young peasant poet. The only life-long portrait of Esenin and Duncan, made by the French artist Paul Laurent (1870–1934), is considered.

Keywords: S. А. Esenin, A. Duncan, iconography, double portrait, I. G. Antropov, Paul Laurent, S. I. Grigoryants