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Василиса прекрасная [Vassilissa la belle]
First edition and first edition of 9 illustrations including 4 full page Ivan Bilibine.Nice and rare copy in this condition.Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (Иван Яковлевич Билибин 1876-1942) is a painter and illustrator from St. Petersburg. Student of the painter Repine, he studied the arts and worked for two years alongside him before traveling to Europe. On his return to Russia, he co-founded with Leon Bakst the group Mir Iskousstva (Мир Искусства "The World of Art"), a collective that promotes meetings between artists and men of letters. From then on, he throws himself into the artistic enterprise of his life, illustrating traditional Russian tales, thus creating the "Bilibine style" that will characterize all the work of his career. Anxious to implement the appropriate graphic processes, he carries out extensive reseArches paper, collects the louboks (Лубок Russian popular images) and is enthusiastic about the ornamental miniatures and the brightness of the icons colors characteristic of the 17th century Russian. He also draws inspiration from embroidery and printed fabrics. Nevertheless, Bilibin is not limited to Russian folk culture; rich of his expeditions in Europe but also in the East (he lived in particular several years in Egypt), he likes to mix Russian and Oriental motifs, thus wishing to create a new language: the graphic language. The modernity of his style allows him to meet very soon an immense success and to answer to many requests for illustrations, that it is about tales and bylines (былины epic tales of oral tradition) but also of works in the theatrical field (sets and costumes). Bilibine brings as much care to the "decorations" of his works (vignettes, cartridges, frames) as to watercolors finely highlighted with a black line and enhanced with gold. Expédition de l'approvisionnement des papiers d'État Saint-Pétersbourg 1902 26x33cm broché
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