The Tale of Masha and Vanya: Russian Fairy-tales

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-28
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Ltd
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In the 1880s, the artist, designer and illustrator Elena Polenova (1850-98) began illustrating fairy-tales that she noted down during her travels around Russian villages. Ten years later, shortly before her death, Polenova became acquainted with an English journalist called Netta Peacock, who translated several of the tales into English. The original illustrations Polenova created for this English edition—which was never published—and the accompanying translation are in a private collection that has only recently come to light. This publication, supported by the Polenovo museum-estate, draws on this hitherto untold chapter in Polenova’s life, combining the creative talents of the Russian artist and English journalist. This beautifully crafted book is published to coincide with an exhibition in the UK of the artist’s work in November 2014.

Author Biography

Elena Polenova, sister of the landscape artist Vasily Polenov, was a leading figure in the Russian craft revival which began at the estate of Abramtsevo, just north of Moscow, in the 1890s. She took traditional folk patterns and developed them into fashionable designs for handmade wooden furniture which was produced by rural people and sold in Moscow boutiques. She was also a talented watercolorist, textile designer and illustrator of children’s fairy-tales. She died in 1898 aged 48 of a brain tumour. Netta Peacock, an English journalist, got to know Polenova shortly before her death and translated several of the fairy-tales.

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