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Irina V. Mishacheva

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Irina V. Mishacheva — PhD in Culturology, Associate Professor, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technology. Design. Art), Institute of Slavic Culture, Khibinskiy pr., 6, 129337 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: irinami2@mail.ru 


History of Arts




Vol. 48


Pp. 280–290


January 29, 2018

Date of publication

June 15, 2018

Index UDK


Index BBK

85.153(2) + 85.153(3)


The article analyses variants of interpretation of the image of folk hero and fairy tale landscapes in book illustrations of the Golden Age. When illustrating Children's and Household Tales from the Brothers Grimm's collection in 1892–1894, the German master Hermann Vogel drew from the heritage of late romanticism and the Biedermeier. In his illustrations for Russian folk tales from A. N. Afanasiev's collection in 1901–1903, Ivan Bilibin managed to seamlessly combine the Art Nouveau stylistics with the images and rhythms of folk and Old Russian Art. In both cases distinctive author's style naturally pursues the national artistic tradition. H. Vogel tended towards providing genre entertainment and moral, while I. Bilibin focused more on the artistic image of the path from the day-to-day life to a fairy tale: the path, that leads a hero from his house to the world of forests and swamps, the edge of the worlds (which is most often designated with a diagonal of a fallen tree trunk). Both in German and Russian illustrations, fairy landscapes most often feature the images of a Forest. Vogel's cozy mid-wood full of singing birds and tiny animals seems to provide shelters for lost heroes. In addition to certain superficial sentimentality of the Biedermeier and orientation on children's audience, there is a hint of German romanticists' belief in a special connection of children's souls and the harmonious nature of the Eden. Bilibin's Russian forest is monumental and silent, formidable and splendid, and is closer to the unadapted folk worldview.


the “Golden age” of book illustration, Hermann Vogel, Ivan Bilibin, the hero of the folk tale, the forest as the image of the other world, Russian forest, German forest.


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