Saturday, March 20, 2010

Children of the Revolution, part 1

Those of you who have been following Animalarium for a while are aware of my special interest in children's book illustrators of the early Soviet era. In fact, that's part of a larger fascination with Russian art and design of the 1910-30s, including advertising and propaganda, movie posters (I absolutely love the Stenberg brothers), applied arts, etc. Lately I have been collecting favorite pictures of book covers from books and websites, and now it's time to share some. I am trying to keep them in chronological order since it's interesting to see how they tend to change in time. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Kuz’ma Petrov-Vodkin for Koza-dereza (The roguish goat), traditional Ukrainian tale, 1923

Borys Kriukov for Koza-dereza, 1920s

Sergej Cechonin for Gosti (The guests) by E. Polonskaja, 1924

Aleksej Radakov for Strasnyj son (A terrible dream), 1925

Vladimir Lebedev for Azbuka (ABC-book) by Samuil Marshak, 1925

K. Kuznetsov for Teterev-kosach, 1926

Nikolaj Tyrsa for Voennye koni (War horses), 1927

Vladimir Lebedev for Cirk (The circus) by Samuil Marshak, 1928

Lidiia Popova for Kon'ogon' (The fiery horse) by Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1928

Eduard Krimmer for Mena (The exchange) by Rudyard Kipling, 1929

Borys Kriukov for Numo, khto kinets' znajde? by Sofiia Fedorchenko, 1929

Vladimir Konasevic for Pozar (The fire) by Samuil Marshak, 1929

Ivan Efimov for Mena (The exchange), 1929

Lev Judin for Kto? (Who?) by A. Vvedenskij, 1930

Borys Kriukov for Pro svynku-shchetynku, chornesen'ku spynku by A. Kovalens'kyj, 1930

Many thanks to the online archives of the Museum of Rare Books at the National Library of Ukraine for Children, the Soviet Children's Picture Books Collection at the International Institute of Social History, and the virtual exhibition Children's Books of the Early Soviet Era at the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of McGill University Libraries.


  1. Soma pictures of ravens and rabbits by Roa

    (Via 40fakes)

  2. Thanks for the link. I have been wanting to post about Roa for a while, expect something in the near future!



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