8/3/2018 Evening with Soviet picture books | Stommels & Lemmens

Soviet children’s books had a major impact on book illustration around the world and their influence is still palpable today. We have invited art historians Dr. Albert Lemmens and Dr. Serge Stommels to talk about Russian children’s book illustration in the Soviet era. 19.00 – 19.45 Talk: Serge Stommels & Albert Lemmens 19.45 – 20.15 Q&A —————————————————————- The history of the Russian illustrated children’s book is rich. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were Art Nouveau-inspired fairy-tale books and avant-garde art found its way into children’s book illustration. Those truly original and modern children’s books were received enthusiastically and The Netherlands was the first country to translate the booklets and publish them in the original format. After Stalin usurped power however, the era of socialist realism in art began. Children’s books heroes became more heroic and the whole storylines dealt mainly with subjects related to the building of the Soviet state. Classic fairy tales were hardly published during this time because they were simply not realistic enough. As a result, book illustration also became more realistic since many illustrators adapted their style to the demand of the time.