There was something dark, mythic and beautifully primitive about world of folklore Ivan Bilibin created. Throughout his career he was inspired deeply by Slavic folklore and myths. He distinctly reflected the mountains, forests and lore of old Russia. Bilibin gained some renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales which became widely popular. During the Russian Revolution, he drew revolutionary cartoons and continued his personal art and colorful stage sets. Bilibin died during WWII and was buried in a mass grave in Leningrad Russia. His twilight hued illustrations reflect a deep fascination with russian folklore and an almost eastern style of crisp linework. While his work was largely unknown outside of Russia a 1970s reprint series helped bring him to the attention of the art world.