Illustration of “Gvidon and the Queen” Bilibin, overview of the painting

Illustration of “Gvidon and the Queen” Bilibin, overview of the painting
Illustration of "Gvidon and the Queen" Bilibin, overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin
  • Museum: Russian Museum
  • Year: 1905

Overview of the painting :

Guidon and Tsaritsa – Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin
   Bilibin repeatedly in his work concerned the work “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” A. WITH. Pushkin. In 1928, he prepared sketches of sets and costumes for the opera of the same name in Paris for the Elysees Theater, and upon returning from emigration in 1936 – for the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater. Kirov.

   The first work of the master in this fairy tale was the published illustrated book in 1905. The artist worked on the publication for almost two years, carefully choosing colors, working out all the details. So that the drawings do not lose their brightness, even the thickness of the paper for printing machines was thought out.

   As a result, the book turned out to be of very high quality and earned praise from critics. The original of the publication was acquired in the collection of the Russian Museum a few months after the release.

   The painting “Gvidon and the Queen” became the decoration of the illustrated fairy tale.

   Young Tsarevich awakens from sleep and cannot believe what he saw. A large city arose in front of him and his mother on a deserted island. The author emphasizes the incredible size of the “miracle” with the help of perspective. The artist raises the whole city panorama to the hill and unfolds the whole city panorama to the audience: endless macaques of churches, a bell tower, numerous streets of houses, a powerful fortress with loopholes.

   “It’s marvelous, so marvelous!»- Pushkin lines come to mind. At first glance, it is difficult to assess the depth of work, endlessly pulls out to examine all the details in more detail.

   The clothes of the characters are royal, embroidered with gold and stones. The artist devoted a lot of time to studying the history of the Russian costume and, in every illustration, tried to achieve the reliability of that era.

   Hero silhouettes are made in dark, muffled tones. The city, on the contrary, glows from the inside with bright solar colors. In illustration, the author does not apply the laws of luminosity. However, thanks to a brilliant selection of colors, the viewer clearly sees how the queen and son are sitting in the shade of trees, like the morning dawn of “gold” opposite shore. The flower carpet in the meadow is written with great love for wildlife.

   The entire landscape is made with the scope of the Russian soul and is worthy of a large canvas. The stained glass dome of the Central Children’s World in Moscow adorns the stained glass dome.