Sunday, 25 November 2012

Works of Art: Baba Yaga

This is the actual illustration I was trying to place when I was doing this post. I adore these book illustrations by Nathalie Partain from 1932.

Here is a more modern variation on the theme illustrated by Jessica Souhami. Love this one too.

Whilst reading her biography I noticed that her parents are descended from Russian Jews and here she is illustrating a Russian classic. It really interests me to see how we are shaped by elements from our own past and that of our forebears and how we sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously find ourselves going down a similar path.

My interior design taste most closely reflects that of my paternal grandmother. What about you? Any inherited traits or tastes? I'd love to hear your stories.


Vix said...

That book is wonderfully folksy!
My tastes have changed since we bought this house (formerly my Grandma's), austere white walls, painted furniture and lots of patchwork as opposed to brightly painted walls and pitch pine like our last house! x

freckleface said...

That's nice that you live in your Grandma's house. I like that sense of continuity and the fact that you have known your house all your life. Makes it a part of you. x

Miss Simmonds Says said...

have you seen Grayson Perry's sculpture of Baba Yaga's hut? It's wonderful. This book is really sweet xx

freckleface said...

No I haven't. I must check that out, sounds great. I like Grayson Perry, didn't really look at his work until that programme he did on the classes which I really enjoyed. Thank you for mentioning that. xx