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RUSSIAN LEGENDS: Folk Tales and Fairy Tales
Text by David Jackson, Patty Wageman, Ellen Rutten, Marija Valjaeva, Sijbolt Noorda.
Highly Recommended
A brilliant new art book devoted to rarely seen Russian artists of Folk Tales and Fairy Tales. Nearly 200 full color reproductions, entirely from the original paintings and drawings, based on a monumental exhibit in the Netherlands. Most enthusiasts of book illustration know of Ivan Bilibin, whose early 1900s depictions of witches, warriors and legends have been reprinted many times. He's here, but with reproduction putting all previous collections to shame.

But then there are full, rich chapters on the very artists who inspired Bilibin and often dwarfed him in popularity: Vasnetsov, Nicholas Roerich, Vasili Kandinsky, Elena Polenova and Michail Vroebel. Vasnetsov is a monumental talent, creating stunning every bit as good what Pre-Raphaelites like Waterhouse and Burne-Jones were doing their own legends in England. Roerich reminds us very much of the greatest name in Swedish mythic art, Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

This also includes summaries of the depicted fairytales. And it begins with excellent overviews of the entire art movement between about 1880 and 1918. Some of the works included are book illustrations, others large paintings on canvas. A great resource for understanding how and why Russian artists utilized fairytale imagery, this also serves as an introduction to the repeating themes and humor in the stories.

I've loved and collected Bilibin's work for many years. The art here has given me an entirely new perspective Russian fantasy art. Here I've been introduced to artists little known and completely unknown to me, whose work is as wonderful as anything produced in the West by the likes of Rackham, Dulac, and the late Pre-Raphaelites, all of whom were contemporaries to their Russian counterparts! Don't miss this. -Bud

Publisher: Groninger Museum, 2007
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 9x12
Pages: 240pg
Color: Full Color throughout
ISBN: #9789056626082


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I've been actively collecting, buying and selling now since 1968. I received a San Diego Comic-Con Inkpot Award in 1994. I am in Fifty Who Made DC Great (1985) , Founders of Comics Fandom (2010), Comics: Between the Panels (1998), etc.

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