Illustration for “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” by Ivan Bilibin

Illustration for The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Ivan Bilibin

The illustrator Ivan Bilibin made the series of paintings-descriptions of “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”, composed by Pushkin. He wrote several works reflecting the key points of the story. The artist depicted the main characters, the king, the ambassadors, and also pleased us with unsurpassed, emotional landscapes. Experts attach this series of illustrations to the works made in the “Bilibino style”.

The author is honored to give the name to the whole stylistic direction. And he deserves it. After all, if you look closely at his works, you can see in them a bright individualization and dissimilarity to other creations of his contemporaries.

The manner of drawing Bilibin has its own bright distinctive features. So, his characters are written graphically and accurately. Each is registered in a single style, but is endowed with special features and character. Amazing skills demonstrated in the descriptions of landscapes, illustrations depicting roaring sea waves have become particularly memorable. They are just incredible. The foam rises to the top, huge burkhans of water seethe and form a single mighty stream. This spectacle fascinates the viewer from the first moments.

Also among the features of the author is called the abundance of ornaments, often used Old Russian patterns that adorn even the smallest parts of the canvas. These decorations give the artist some nationalism, as he expresses his love for nature, his native country, its history and culture.

It is impossible not to draw attention to the drawing of Russian folk costumes on the heroes of canvases, the author writes very juicy, believable images. His paintings are very rich in color, they are rich in red, blue and emerald green, which gives the canvas a high decorative and aesthetic significance.

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