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The Russians are here. The Wanderers and their travelling art shows touched the souls of princes and peasants in the late 1800's with a style very much like the better-known Orientalist movement. A separate feature on another classic Russian painter, Franz Roubaud, looks at his majestic landscapes, galloping horses and cossack warriors. Finally, the best known of the group is Ivan Bilibin, Russia's greatest fantasy illustrator, whose work is still being reprinted in fairy tale albums.
There is far too little coverage available on Bilibin, so this is a welcome feature, with dozens of illustrations. He was the equivalent of Arthur Rackham to his Russian audience, doing superbly reproduced lithographic booklets beginning around 1900. His work was rarely collected and translated, so his English editions are very few and far between. In the 1960s and 70s he was rediscovered and the same early 10"x13" pamphlets, each with a unique Russian fairy tale, were all published again. Today THEY are collectible too.
The other Russian artists here are also not be be neglected. As mentioned they are Orientalist in nature, which was an immensely popular movement of English and western artists who tried to capture the exotic flavor of the east. From horsemen warriors to ornately clad chieftains, from harem women to rural family life, these artists illustrated a world that still existed during their lifetimes, but was fast coming to an end.
Like Fortunino Matania, Roubaud and the Wanderers were facile draftsmen, capturing heroic battles and even fairy tales and fantasy with old style, fine-art oil paintings of the kind you'd expect to see from Alphonse Mucha during his Slav epic period. It's gorgeous work.
More like a book than a magazine, illustrators is the art quarterly devoted to the finest illustration art ever published. It guides you through the stories behind the artists and their art, with features written by some of the leading authorities on this important art form.
Plus regular features including The Bookshelf (looking at books on Wally Wood, Bernie Fuchs and Dean Cornwell) and Letters.
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Item Code IQ20 Publisher Book Palace Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781907081422 Binding Magazine Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 96pg Color Full Color