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Ivan Bilibin Dark Russian Folklore

Posted by Justin Meyers on

Sketch for the opera bilibin

Sketch for the opera, 'The Golden Cockerel', by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. image via https://www.wikiart.org Public domain 

There was something dark, mythic and beautiful about the world of folklore Ivan Bilibin created.

Throughout his creative life Bilibin was inspired deeply by Slavic folklore and myths. He distinctly reflected the mountains, forests, and lore of old Russia. Bilibin gained some renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales which became widely popular. During the Russian Revolution, he drew revolutionary cartoons and continued his personal art and colorful stage set designs. Bilibin's unique Art was cut short when he died during WWII. He resides buried in a mass grave in Leningrad, Russia.

Bilibin's twilight hued illustrations reflect a deep fascination with Russian folklore and an almost Eastern-style crisp linework. While his Art was largely unknown outside of Russia a 1970s reprint series helped bring him to the attention of the wider Art world. Please enjoy a few of Bilibin's fine works selected by Dark Art & Craft.

russian dark folk art print Ivan Bilibin Dark Forest Folklore

folk art ivan bilibin

Images via Wikimedia Commons unless otherwise noted. Creative commons images.

 

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Darl Art & Craft Ivan Bilibin Art poster prints 

https://darkartandcraft.com/collections/ivan-bilibin

 

moonscape russian Ivan Bilibin Dark Forest Folklore

Image via Visual Melt creative common art image

 

dark folk forest art

 

baba yaga dark art witch art

 

russian folk art bright

 

dark folk art Ivan Bilibin Dark Forest Folklore

 

folk art Ivan Bilibin Dark Forest Folklore

 

 

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More info and artwork can be found here 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Bilibin 

Darl Art & Craft Ivan Bilibin Art poster prints 

https://darkartandcraft.com/collections/ivan-bilibin

 

 

 

Justin Meyers


@ Dark Art & Craft, print collector and Artist from Cleveland.

https://www.artstation.com/jmeyersart

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