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Russian Lepidoptera in Soviet postcards by the publishing house “Izobrazitelnoye iskusstvo”

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Lev Bely, 17.03.2013 13:51

Years ago the Moscow publishing house “Izobrazitelnoye iskusstvo” brought out a series of butterfly-themed postcards in cooperation with artist Leonid Varsanofievich Aristov. Aristov is originally from Karpunikha village, Gorkov (now Nizhny Novgorod) region, graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography where he had to interrupt his studies to take part in the Great Patriotic War and serve in the intelligence, later then he worked as a director at the Russian animation studio “Soyuzmultfilm” and co-founded the Russian TV film studio “Studio Ekran”. He also did make wonderful drawings of butterflies and moths.

“Babochki. First issue” and “Babochki. Seventh issue” series are available on the website “Evolution without limits”, http://sivatherium.narod.ru, as well as other animalistic series by the “Izobrazitelnoye iskusstvo”.

“Babochki. First issue”, http://sivatherium.narod.ru/postcard/baboch01/baboch01.htm.

“Babochki. Seventh issue”, http://sivatherium.narod.ru/postcard/baboch07/baboch07.htm.

Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon, L. Aristov

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris fuciformis, L. Aristov

Marbled White Melanargia galathea, L. Aristov

Siberian silkmoth Dendrolimus superans sibiricus, L. Aristov

Hermit Chazara briseis, L. Aristov

Yellow Tiger Moth Arctia flavia, L. Aristov

All the rest posts on: butterfly art, education, Russia


17.03.2013 15:09, Vasiliy Feoktistov

The words to the first issue written by E. M. Antonova: http://jugan2.narod.ru/antonova.html.
The whole set of 16 postcards cost 54 kopecks. Kept the first issue from childhood (nostalgia).

17.03.2013 18:34, Irina Nikulina

So glad to know I'm not the one having such a "nostalgia"! )) Keep them carefully too. Lev, thanks for the links, amazing drawings! Looked again through all the issues with pleasure. Some time ago I started collecting butterfly drawings, not so many quite a masterpiece. Fond of Carl Brenders' artwork, seems to be widely known: http://gallerix.ru/storeroom/863202494/, the gallery in full, lepidoptera included.

18.03.2013 13:33, Lev Bely

There are also Scott sisters http://lepidoptera.pro/community/9858, greeting from 19th century: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Scott-Sisters-Butterfly-and-Moth-Drawings.

18.03.2013 21:36, Irina Nikulina

Lev, thank you! Wonderful greeting through the ages. Lucky their father entomologist!)

18.03.2013 21:43, Lev Bely

:) Many are lovely animalists.

18.03.2013 22:10, Peter Khramov

No, many are good people. Few are good animalists (in a grumpy voice).

18.03.2013 22:23, Lev Bely

Can you not agree there are real, alive tigers watching you in Arbat street:)

05.04.2013 0:23, Lev Bely

Here one more, 300 year old illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian: http://www.ras.ru/sybilla/08de7685-f5d8-498d-b902-48fa036ef306.aspx?hidetoc=0.

05.04.2013 0:50, Irina Nikulina

Masterpieces!) Perfectly drawn plants...! Lev, did you notice for these beauties only parchment and rag paper..... and what colours!!! Thanks, cheering me up before bed!) I'll look through it more thoroughly, also interesing... Maria Sibylla has a birthday today, or to be precise, already yesterday, April 4th)

05.04.2013 16:21, Lev Bely

Today our comandante has a birthday, my celebrations to him! Petr, cheers to you!

05.04.2013 21:19, Peter Khramov

Yeah. The sound now works in full, so dear neighbours, get off my lawn!

05.04.2013 22:04, Lev Bely

Now listen to that grasshopper sound I'd sent you. Neighbours would appreciate. Here's the link to all interested, such a hilarious sound: http://sixlegsphoto.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/cataloipus2.wav.

05.04.2013 22:31, Irina Nikulina

Hilarious indeed) Along with that join the celebrations) Good luck and prosperity to you, Petr, and your website!)

06.04.2013 15:44, Peter Khramov

Uh-huh, thanks.

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