Nikolai Tyrsa (1887-1942) was a painter, graphic designer and lithographer whose artworks were characterized by dynamism
and simple harmonies of color. He was also a brilliant intellectual, art expert, translator and polemicist.
Tyrsa explored many areas of book illustration and design, and created a new striking and decorative book cover style.
Sadly, he died during World War II.
Cover and illustration from Kozlik (The little goat), 1923
Cover and illustrations for Pro slona (About an elephant), 1926
Illustrations from Snezhnaya kniga (The snow book), 1928
Covers for Cort (The devil), Lesnye domishki (?), Otryad (The troop), 1929-30
Tyrsa's love of horses was related to his Cossak origins. He was the only artist able
to discuss on the same level with Lebedev the minutest details of equine illustration.
Gratitude for the info to the Italian edition of Erast Davidovic Kuznecov's
Children's book illustration and the Russian avant-garde.