MODERN JEWISH HISTORY

EUGENE KOGAN ILLUSTRATIONS COLLECTION


616 ITEMS  |  85% DIGITIZED  |  0% CATALOGED

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DESCRIPTION

The holdings consist of original sketches, hand-drawn and printed illustrations, newspaper clippings, and documents. Drawings range in size from approximately 8 x 7 to 16.5 x 11.5 inches. Newspaper clippings range from a 3 x 2 single-image clipping to a full front page, 16.5 x 11.75 inches. The illustration prints are mostly 3.25 x 4.5, with some up to 14.5 x 12 inches. Drawings include quick sketches of soldiers and their environment, as well as finished drawings that were later published. Kogan occasionally drew with colored pencil, though most of the drawings and prints are black and white or grayscale.

DATES

1940s

PROVENANCE

The collection was acquired in 2007 from an anonymous ephemera dealer.

DETAILS

The 227 newspaper clippings; 182 illustration prints; 161 small-scale hand-drawn sketches; 8 photo negatives; 37 various items, including typed and handwritten documents, print templates, and designs

1 album awarded to Kogan in August 1945; the title on the cover reads: “Four years of work in the 50th Army on the Bryansk, Western, 2nd and 3rd Belorussian Fronts, at the Red Army newspaper ‘Razgromim Vraga’”

4 books, including, “Na Dalnikh Podstupakh k Moskve” (In the far approaches to Moscow), formatted by Kogan

BIOGRAPHY

Eugene Isaakovich Kogan (1906–1983) was a master graphic designer, book illustrator, and typeface designer. He was born in Zinkiv, Ukraine. He studied graphic arts at VKhUTEIN (Higher Institute of Art and Technology) in Leningrad [St. Petersburg] and Moscow. Kogan began his career as a book illustrator, then moved on to magazine design. During the war he worked as the artist of the 50th Army newspaper “Razgromim Vraga” (We will destroy the enemy), drew sketches on the front lines, and contributed to the production of propaganda leaflets and posters. He ended the war with the rank of senior lieutenant.