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I first discovered Bilibin's artwork in a mythology book, (in black and white). Then when i found this site, i was totaly gobsmacked at the detail that i couldnt see in the book. He's simply the best artist around. Ive tried to copy his work, but its crap compaired to his.
- Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 12:42:41 (PDT)

The page is a fine tribute to a fine artist. I have a picture book dating from 1920 the dialogue is in Russian. Some of the illustrations seeem to be done with a metalic paint finish. Also many of the small sketches at the chapter ends are incredibly simple and minimalistic but capture uniquely the vastness of the Russian step with distant rivers and occasional low hills
Colin <>
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 13:49:13 (PDT)

Bilibil's work included some of the most amazing illustrations I have ever seen. The problem seems to be finding them with the just as amazing boarders. You have a nice collection of his work here, but unfortunately the boarders have been removed from most of them. Keep trying and thanks for the site.
Garrison <>
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 14:23:07 (PST)

nice to see him online, but why not put some of his great bw graphics on too?

- Tuesday, June 08, 2004 at 11:28:53 (PDT)

Twenty years ago as a naive young American schoolgirl I visited the former USSR. While there, I came to own a copy of Vassilisa the Beautiful (in English!) and brought it home with me, but since then it has gone missing. Until today when I stumbled across this site I thought I would never see that enchanting artwork again. This site is a wonderful find! Now I am hoping that maybe I can get another copy of that book for my little girl. Bilibin's work makes the magic in the world seem so real. Thank You!
Darrah Leffler <>
- Saturday, June 05, 2004 at 20:26:32 (PDT)

Beautiful! Thanks so much for this gallery. Bilibin is simply the best fantasy artist I've ever seen (including Rackham!). His sense of design is exquisite. (Thanks for the big jpegs too). :))))

Lorenzo Van Der Lingen <>
- Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 05:23:24 (PDT)

So glad that Ivan has a following. I have never seen such beautiful fantasy illusrtations before. I have been a fan for the last 10 years. I just found a book yesterday that contains some of his illustrations. It is called: "Russian Art Nouveau, the Diaghilev Group of Russian Artists" by Vsevolod Petrov. There are many other Russian artists in this book also. It is a beautiful book.
mike <>
- Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 10:17:25 (PST)

Hi there! Can anybody mail me a high resolution scan of the picture "moon over lake ilmen" (ibmoon.jpg on this page)? Or can anybody tell me where I can get books with his work (specially this picture)?
Flo <>
- Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 11:52:52 (PST)

Perhaps at !
Peter Willems <>
- Monday, November 10, 2003 at 02:23:14 (PST)

found a Biblibin book in a charity shop recently and have been trying to find out more...real beaut illustrations!anyone any idea how to find out dates when the book was published etc?

clancy <>
- Friday, November 07, 2003 at 05:39:25 (PST)

Hi I got "Russian Folkfarytales" as 2 year old and now im artstudent and really wont to lear hpw make beutifull
picturebooks. Im lookning for a practicplace in denmark (becouse of stupet visumroules) I dont know where to look - just had Ivans name as an example.

inger schlüter <>
- Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 05:07:08 (PDT)

Bilibin is my Wizard from the Ancient Times. When i was 5 my Father or Mother I dont remeber in now days, gave me my first fairy tale book with Bilibin ilustrations. Now Im 22 but I still have my master in my mind, and have a good time with my friends from Slavonic Warrior Brotherhood ( we try to recreation the IX-XI century in Early Medieval Russia- Bilibin is ahuge inspiration:>) So your site is real nice and good luck from poland my Friend:>
Nikifor <>
- Sunday, September 07, 2003 at 23:49:22 (PDT)

Congratulations for this wonderful recopilation of Bilibin´s art. I know Bilibin´s work since a lot of years ago, and as someone has said before, it´s hard to find his art on the net. Keep on this site!. (In the art section of my web you will find fine art, although I have not opened a Bilibin section yet).
James Queen
- Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 06:40:56 (PDT)

I really enjoyed those illustrations, Billibin is an amazing artist and this webpage just made my day!

Tanya <>
- Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 20:07:04 (PDT)

A wonderfull illustrator. Good scans!. Thank you!
- Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 18:55:45 (PDT)

So glad to find this page! I've always loved Bilibin's illustrations, but have been unable to find many on the Web - this is the best collection I've seen! Now - just add more to it!
SGW <>
- Monday, April 21, 2003 at 21:01:22 (PDT)