He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Boris Zvorykin

Posted by Charley Parker at 3:10 pm

Boris Zvorykin
Boris Zvorykin was a Russian illustrator active at the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th. Apart from that, I’ve found very little background or biographical information. I would be curious to know, in particular, the relationship between Zvorykin and Ivan Bilibin, who also did colorful and decorative illustrations of Russian folk tales..

The best selection of Zvorykin’s work I’ve found is on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which counts at least 18 originals in its collection (and from which I’ve excerpted the images above).

These are done in gouache with metallic inks and black ink. The image portions of the sheets are roughly 11×8 inches (28x21cm).

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  1. Comment by Brian Harrison
    Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    Oh yes, Always loved this illustrative work – fantastic use of line and colour, not to mention the traditional decorative border art.
    I am very fortunate in having ten large format paperbacks, printed in Moscow 1976/77, each illustrating a traditional Russian story or tale, with the date of 1900 to 1902.
    Thanks Charley :)

  2. Comment by cparker
    Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Sounds great, Brian.

  3. Comment by Ælle
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    I recognise Boris Zworykin’s works from Villeroy & Boch plates. Ebay is auctioning them if anyone is interested. One can also visit the awesome Villeroy and Boch (since 1748) Keramik Museum in Mettlach, Germany.
    http://www.keramikmuseum-mettlach.de/
    Please, click on KERAVISION for 360 degrees Panoramas. Enjoy!

  4. Comment by Melissa
    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    These are so charming! Beautiful use of pattern and color.

  5. Comment by Marie Cisneros
    Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    I love the “selfies” and Durer was always one of my favorites. I had never seen the portrait of him at 13 before. Thank you-Marie

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