Vasilisa is Sent Home by the Witch, Baba Yaga. Standing before the gloomy hut on chicken's legs and walled off by a fence made of human bones, Vasilisa prepares to depart back to her family. All around her skulls glow. Baba Yaga provides a light for her: a skull-lantern full of burning coals.
Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) is the celebrated Russian artist, illustrator and stage designer who also took part in the Mir Iskusstva movement and contributed to the Ballets Russes. He was directly inspired by Slavic folklore. Bilibin gained renown in 1899, when he released his singular illustrations for a series of Russian fairy tale books, of which this is one.
Not a print, but an actual painting from Russia on a carved board. Glossy lacquer finish. 8¼" x 11½". In fine condition. 1 only.