The painting “Ivan Tsarevich and the frog-quakushka.”. Bilibin’s illustration is overview

The painting “Ivan Tsarevich and the frog-quakushka.”. Bilibin’s illustration is overview
The painting "Ivan Tsarevich and the frog-quakushka.". Bilibin's illustration is overview - 1

  • Posted by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1930

Overview of the painting :

Ivan Tsarevich and the frog-quakushka – Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin.
   The illustration “Ivan Tsarevich and the frog-quakushka” was written for one of the first books of folk tales I. I AM. Bilibina in 1899. The artist himself wrote fabulous texts, invented special fonts and decorated them with colorful images.

   Despite the fact that this work belongs to early creativity, the author’s talent has already manifested itself in it. Silhouettes and objects are outlined filigree. It is hard to believe that the contours were created by the brush.

   AND. I AM. Bilibin in all his illustrations paid special attention not only to the plot, but also to the landscape. The specified color immediately makes it clear that the action takes place in a swamp. Light green tones, in places even closer to yellow, are replaced by saturated grassy colors. The sky is filled with shades of gray-blue color, as if filling the air with cool.

   Birch trees, a young spruce, swampy bumps overgrown with grass, clearly loom before the viewer. On the one hand, the swamp is stompous and viscous, but on the other, it is a wonderful image saturated with paints.

   With excellent knowledge of botany, the artist treated plants as living things. Bilibin called everyone to love nature. In his opinion, a true artist should appreciate and know nature.

   The semantic meaning of the book design primarily lies in the plot depicted. In the center of the composition is Ivan Tsarevich in a bright caftan, beltedly. His head is tilted, his eyebrows are frowned, his hands are divorced to the sides – he did not expect such a fate. A frog sitting under the road looks plaintively, as if he wants to say something. With amazing accuracy, Bilibin manages to portray the emotions of the main characters.

   The master frames fabulous drawings with an original ornament, like village cashiers. On the right and left, the sketch is supplemented by gentle forget-meat flowers, which is a symbol of memory and protects lovers. Above are two arrows flying towards each other, like two fates. At the bottom of the ornament are May bugs crawling down the branch that “revive” the picture.

   In his early works, the artist experimentes with plane and light, still develops his unique style, which will later be called “Bibinsky.”.