- Ivan Bilibin
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (Иван Яковлевич Билибин) (
August 16, 1876- February 7, 1942) was one of the most influential 20th-century illustrators and stage designers who took part in the " Mir iskusstva" and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Throughout his career, he was strongly inspired by Slavic folklore.
Ivan Bilibin was born in a suburb of St. Petersburg. He studied under
Ilya Repinand furthered his education in Munich. In 1902-1904 Bilibin travelled in the Russian North, where he became fascinated with old wooden architecture and Russian folklore. He published his findings in the monograph "Folk Arts of the Russian North" in 1904. Another major influence on his art was traditional Japanese prints.
Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his innovative illustrations of Russian fairy tales. During the
Russian Revolution of 1905, he executed revolutionary cartoons. He was also the designer for the 1909 première production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's " The Golden Cockerel". The October Revolution, however, proved alien to him. After brief stints in Cairoand Alexandria, he settled in Parisin 1925. There he took to decorating private mansions and Orthodox churches. He still longed for his homeland and, after decorating the Soviet Embassy in 1936, he returned to Soviet Russia. He delivered lectures in the Soviet Academy of Artsuntil 1941. Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad.
* [http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/bilibin_ivan.html Ivan Bilibin Online ] at www.artcyclopedia.com
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20051202140611/http://www.scumdog.demon.co.uk/bilibin/ Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin ] at www.scumdog.demon.co.uk
* [http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/illustrations/illustrators/bilibin.html SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages: Fairy Tale Illustrations of Ivan Bilibin]
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