Ivan Bilibin Dark Forest Folklore

Posted by Justin Meyers on

There was something dark, mythic and beautifully primitive about the world of folklore Ivan Bilibin created. Throughout his career he 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 died during WWII and was buried in a mass grave in Leningrad Russia. His twilight hued illustrations reflect a deep fascination with Russian folklore and an almost eastern style of crisp linework. While his work was largely unknown outside of Russia a 1970s reprint series helped bring him to the attention of the art world. Please enjoy a few of Bilibin's fine works selected by Dark Art & Craft.

russian dark folk art print

 

folk art ivan bilibin

Images via Wikimedia Commons unless otherwise noted

 

dark forest print art russia

 

Darl Art & Craft Ivan Bilibin Art poster prints 

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

 

moonscape russian

Image via Visual Melt

 

dark folk forest art

 

baba yaga dark art witch art

 

dark folk art

 

folk art

 

 

bilibin art russia

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

 

 

 

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