The art of Ivan Bilibin, 1876–1942


Ivan Tsarevich catching the Firebird’s feather (1899).

The Firebird again, one of Bilibin’s many illustrations of Slavic folktales. These examples are from the collection at Wikimedia Commons. SurLaLune has more of Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Grey Wolf (1899) along with other Bilibin books while the trusty Internet Archive has a 1917 edition of Russian Wonder Tales.


Ex libris design (1922).


Ruslan and Giant’s Head (1917).

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3 thoughts on “The art of Ivan Bilibin, 1876–1942”

  1. I have a copy of the Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology which has a lot of illustrations by Bilibin. I love his stuff.

    I also like Bakst (the set & costume designer).

  2. Heh, yes, I have that book as well. And Bakst is great, I posted one of his Nijinsky pictures a while back.

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