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• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


The art of Boris Artzybasheff, 1899–1965


Myths of the World (1930).

Boris Artzybasheff’s humorous illustrations of anthropomorphic machines have received a lot of attention from Boing Boing recently. But Artzybasheff was a very versatile artist, not a one-trick pony, and his book and other magazine illustration is worth a look as well. These examples are from the indispensable VTS. Some of his early magazine covers brought to light here have a distinct Hannes Bok flavour.


Seven Simeons (1937).

See also:
Artzybasheff’s Neurotica
Artzybasheff’s Machinalia
Another page of illustrations

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The illustrators archive



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3 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by pe-jota


    beautiful !!!

  2. #2 posted by Thombeau


    Wow, that illustration of the ship is not unlike calligraphy. Great stuff!

  3. #3 posted by John


    Yes, very calligraphic. That style was quite popular with a number of illustrators for a while.

    I wonder if I’m the only one to detect what we might vulgarly call “a gay vibe” in Artzybasheff’s work. There’s no mention of his proclivities that I can find but I’m usually quite good at spotting gay work; I’d guessed that Hannes Bok was (well…his bio describes him as bisexual) before I read anything about his life. Some of Artzybasheff’s work resembles Bok, as I noted above, and George Barbier. That Seven Simeons story is one he adapted by himself and concerns a king who wants to find a queen who will be as pretty as he thinks he is himself. So he asks seven cute sailors…. That clanging sound you can hear is my gaydar alarm.






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