Every once in a while, I like to check back on artists I’ve written about a few years ago and see what new resources for their work have appeared on the constantly expanding internet since I last wrote about them.
I took a look this morning at sources for Ivan Bilibin, a terrific Russian illustrator that I discovered by accident while walking through the Metropolitan Museum of art in 2006.
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin was active during a period generally known as the Golden Age of Illustration, roughly contemporary with great English and European illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, Gustav Tenggren, John Bauer and Walter Crane.
With the possible exception of Crane and Russian Illustrator Gennady Spirin, Bilibin’s influences seem to have come more from Russian folk art than from other illustrators; along with elements from Art Nouveau and Renaissance art.
There is at least one collection of stories with Bilibin’s illustrations in print and readily available, Russian Fairy Tales (Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics). You may be able to find others used.