Ivan Bilibin Postcard Collection (SC-30)
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 12 postcards illustrated by Russian Art Nouveau artist Ivan Bilibin between 1899-1909 depicting scenes from traditional Russian folktales. All 12 postcards are blank. 8 of the postcards were issued by the Publishing House of the Red Cross Society of St. Eugenia. Dialogue and narration of the illustrations are written in Russian. Each item includes an English translation.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright, beyond that allowed by fair use, requires the researcher to obtain permission of copyright holders.
Biographical / Historical
Russian Art Nouveau artist Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942) was born near St. Petersburg and gained popularity in the early 20th century due to his illustrations of Russian folktales. The postcards in the collection reflect Bilibin’s early interest in depicting folklore in his artwork. As his career progressed, Bilibin illustrated books, drew landscapes, and created sets and costumes for theater productions. In 1942, Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad.
0.1 Linear Feet (1 box; 12 items)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of 12 postcards illustrated by Russian Art Nouveau artist Ivan Bilibin between 1899-1909 depicting scenes from traditional Russian folktales.
The collection is arranged in chronological and alphabetical order. Items without dates appear at the end of the collection.
The collection was purchased by the VMFA Library in 2017.
Related Materials - VMFA Library: Books
- Russian fairy tales, 2013
- Russian legends : folk tales and fairy tales, 2007
- Russian art nouveau : the world of art and Diaghilev’s painters : painting, graphic art, theatrical design 1997
- Ivan Bilibin, 1982
The postcards have been placed in protective sleeves for preservation purposes.
- Fairy tales -- Russia. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Finding Aids to Special Collections in the VMFA Archives | Ivan Bilibin Postcard Collection
- Special Collection 30 (SC-30)
- Emily Johnson, Assistant Archivist; Translated by Maggie Gingerich, December 2017
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
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