Konstantin Kalynovych is another Russian Illustrator whom I adore. His work is as finely drawn is Durer's with wonderful surreal overtones and true fairy tale imagination woven in. One has to look many times to catch all the details he has created. Whimsical plays on reality stir our imagination - ice skating on a neck ruff, origami birds flying through the woods, and bigger than life shadows leading the way. Delightful!!!
I absolutely adore the fairy tale illustrations of Russian artist Gennady Spirin!
Kathy Viksjo writes in The Times on June 7, 1998: "He incorporates Raphael’s rich color—deep gold, blue and crimson reds—together with the Italian master’s classical compositions, into many of his illustrations. The microscopic precision of his super—realism recalls Flemish great Jan Van Eyck, while Spirin’s unbelievable graphic facility is like that of German Renaissance artist, Albert Durer…Even at first glance, viewers intuitively know that this is one of the masters of our time…Spirin is like a magician, using his paint brush as a wand."
His lushly detailed images evoke deep feelings of wonder, romance and idyllic sensibilities!
I wish I could recall where I found this LINK to these wonderful Russian Illustrations! Dense with details, they remind me of The Unicorn Tapestries. I am imagining a story about a stag and a stag-beetle, perhaps finding friendship in their mutual similarities - seeing the world through one another's eyes and becoming richer from the discovery...
I find this watercolor of a swooning Undine, being embraced by her romantic hero Huldbrand stunning!
The subject is taken from the short tale Undine by the German writer Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué (1777-1843). Painted by Henry Fuseli circa 1819-1822
Ondines or undines (Latin: unda — a wave) are elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus. They also appear in European folklore as fairy-like creatures; the name may be used interchangeably with those of other water spirits. Undines were said to be able to gain a soul by marrying a human and bearing his child.
These stunning prints are by Katarina Vavrova of Slovakia. Filled with wonderful symbols, and details her work evokes a dream like quality that I adore. A few of her prints were designed for a Hans Christian Andersen Compitition in Tokyo and evoke wonderful memories from fairy tales we all love. Others were designed as personalized Ex Libris, and are evocative and truly magnificent in their details. ENJOY!!!