AKA the short story included at the end of special Waterstones copies of Broken Homes, which most of the RoL fandom don’t have access to. I happen to have a copy of that edition, and (seeing as how it’s impossible for the majority of the fandom to access it in any other way) have typed it all up below. Please enjoy, let me know if there are any typos, and note that I do not own copyright etc to the following:
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.
Drawing for Mikhail Fokine’s ballet Scheherazade premiered by the Diaghilev Ballets Russes in 1910 with designs by Leon Bakst.
Artist/Maker: Vera Willoughby, born 1870 - died 1939 (Artist)
Materials and Techniques: Watercolour and gouache on art board
Credit Line:Cyril W Beaumont Bequest
Museum number: S.436-2000
Victoria and Albert Museum
Description and Image from: Victoria and Albert Museum “ Mikhail Fokine’s ballet “Scheherazade” was premiered by the Diaghilev Ballet at the Paris Opéra on 4 June 1910, with designs by Leon Bakst. Tchernicheva first danced Zobeide in 1916 and performed the role to great acclaim throughout the life of the Diaghilev Ballet and the De Basil Ballets Russes in the 1930s. The drawing came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest. The drawing was executed and published as plate 15 in the monograph “The Art of Lubov Tchernicheva including a portrait by Glyn Philpot and eight full page hand-coloured illustrations two decorations and cover design by Vera Willoughby together with an appreciation by Cyril W. Beaumont”, C. W. Beaumont, London, 1921.. (vam.org)
The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985. A monograph book of a woodworker and designer Sam Maloof by author Harold. B. Nelson, published by Huntington Library Press, 2011. / Amazon
Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) was born in a suburb of St. Petersburg. He studied in 1898 at Anton AžbeArt School in Munich, then under Ilya Repin in St. Peterburg. 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 Northin 1904. Another influence on his art was traditional Japanese prints.
Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad February 7, 1942 and was buried in a collective grave.
The somber applied stoic expressionism of aptly named artist Clyff Still. Along with contemporary Joan Mitchell, Still remains and under-discussed luminary of post war American abstraction. Yale University Press.
When photographer Patty Carroll moved to London, she felt a deep shift in her identification. Instead of “photographer Patty Carroll” she became, simply, “missus” — as in, any other domestic woman. The experience inspired her to begin photographing other woman “absurdly camouflaged in domestic décor.” The resulting images spoke strongly to the struggle to balance self-identity with the needs (and genuine love for) more domestic pursuits. They also touched a nerve. So Carroll continued the project, photographing women in increasingly preposterous cascades of domestic objects. Now, she’ll turn those images — separated into three, distinct categories — as a single, beautiful monograph.
I’m from DC, so the Rothko room at the Philips was on hand for tactile appreciation, as well as many art monographs my parents encouraged me with growing up. Who knows why we choose the things we choose but his big oils fell on me like love for the very moment I saw them and formed themselves on the edge of my consciousness. When you look into them they seem to be endless. I can’t say that about many things.
Wednesday, Jan 28, was #libraryshelfie day on Instagram, and our librarians had a blast. We asked them to pick some of their very favorite shelves or collections, and we got YA, art monographs, poetry, romance, historic maps, board books, and everything in between. And all in one afternoon! Phew! Click on any of the images to scroll through and see their #shelfies. (And if you’re not following us on Instagram, you should be.)
As if that wasn’t enough, we also had a cameo in Burlingame Public Library’s epic #donutshelfie, with 360° shots of librarians in front of their shelves, collections, and buildings around the world. Check us out: