Pushkin House presents an exhibition of new works by British artist Laura Footes – illustrations and interpretations of scenes from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. The works explore the artist’s personal connection to the novel, having read it for the first time at the beginning of an ongoing battle with Crohn’s Disease. By immersing herself in Russian literature, Footes was able to transcend the physical and psychological constraints of chronic pain, escaping into Bulgakov’s imaginary parallel universe.

One of the best-loved literary classics of Russia, The Master and Margarita has been a popular subject for illustrators and artists since its publication in the late 1960s. Laura Footes’ contribution to this canon is both personal and masterly. Footes was trained at the Royal Drawing School and specialises in creating large narrative compositions. Her artistic passion, combined with an outstanding technical ability to capture the architectural landscape and atmosphere of Moscow, means that she has been able to tackle some of the most ambitious scenes in the book, including Margarita’s Flight over Moscow and Satan’s Ball.

Check out the supporting events for the exhibition: The story of Bulgakov’s apartment and discussion of diaries and letters of Bulgakov.