Friday, February 01, 2013

Alexander Kurkin illustrates Pushkin


These are illustrations by Alexander Kurkin for Pushkin's early nineteenth century story, The Tale of the Golden Cockerel. Kurkin produced these in 1968 and they have come to me, not in a book, but as a set of twelve beautiful postcards. Each card, in a nod to the Eastern iconographic tradition I suppose, has been highlighted with gold metallic ink. They came held together in a printed card folder. I can't promise to have arranged them in order but, should you be interested, you can find a retelling of Pushkin's verse tale in English prose on the website of a rather cool company producing nesting dolls who have named themselves after the story.

Mid-twentieth century Soviet Russian illustration doesn't get any more vibrant than this...












1 comment:

J said...

They are beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them...

 
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