1876 1942

Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (Иван Яковлевич Билибин), Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga (Василиса Прекрасная в Избушка Бабы Яги), 1902.


Conte du Coq d’or, Pouchkine.1910.
Skazka o zolotom petouchke, Aleksandr Sergeevič Puskin.(1799-1837).
Source : BnF.

Illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.(1876-1942).


Ivan Bilibin (Russian, 1876 – 1942)

  • The Bogatyr Volga Transforms Himself into a Pike, illustration for the Russian Fairy Tale, ‘The Volga’, St Petersburg, 1903
  • Kozorog, 1903

Yakov Flier (1912-1977) plays Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
24 Preludes opus 38 (1944)

1. Andantino. C major. 0:16
2. Scherzando. A minor. 1:56
3. Vivace leggiero. G major. 2:29
4. Andantino. E minor. 3:39
5. Andante sostenuto. D major. 5:17
6. Allegro molto. B minor. 7:08
7. Moderato e tranquillo. A major. 8:13
8. Andante non troppo. Semplice e cantando - Poco Agitato - Tempo I. F-sharp minor. 10:37
9. Allegretto scherzando - Poco più mosso. E major. 12:47
10. Non troppo allegro ma agitato. Recitando, rubato - Largo - Come prima - Largo. C-sharp minor. 13:53
11. Vivace scherzando. B major. 16:27
12. Adagio. G-sharp minor. 17:10
13. Allegro non troppo. F-sharp major. 20:10
14. Prestissimo possibile. E-flat minor. 22:35
15. Allegretto marcato. D-flat major. 24:22
16. Allegro tenebroso. B-flat minor. 25:10
17. Andantino tranquillo. A-flat major. 26:47
18. Largamente con gravita. F minor. 29:00
19. Allegretto. E-flat major. 30:21
20. Andantino semplice. C minor. 31:10
21. Festivamente. Non troppo allegro. B-flat major. 33:43
22. Scherzando. Non troppo allegro. G minor. 35:10
23. Andante sostenuto. F major. 36:57
24. Allegro feroce - Meno mosso. Marciale. - Pochissimo più mosso - Poco meno mosso. D minor. 39:13
Rec. ca. 1955
Illustrations by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942)


Day 83: Ivan Bilibin

Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (August 1876 – February 1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Slavic folklore.

Ivan Bilibin was born in a suburb of St. Petersburg. He studied in 1898 at Anton Ažbe Art School in Munich, then under Ilya Repin in St. Petersburg. In 1902-1904 Bilibin travelled in the Russian North, where he became fascinated with old wooden architecture and Russian folklore. He published his findings in the monograph Folk Arts of the Russian North in 1904. Another influence on his art was traditional Japanese prints.

Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales. During the Russian Revolution of 1905, he drew revolutionary cartoons. He was the designer for the 1909 première production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel. The October Revolution, however, proved alien to him. After brief stints in Cairo and Alexandria, he settled in Paris in 1925. There he took to decorating private mansions and Orthodox churches. He still longed for his homeland and, after decorating the Soviet Embassy in 1936, he returned to Soviet Russia. He delivered lectures in the Soviet Academy of Arts until 1941. Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad and was buried in a collective grave.


Ivan Bilibin (Russian, 1876 – 1942)

  • Underwater Kingdom, Illustration for the Russian Fairy Tale, ‘Volga Epic’, 1928
  • The Bogatyr Volga Transforms Himself into a Pike, illustration for the Russian Fairy Tale, ‘The Volga’, 1903
  • Kozorog, 1903