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Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book 'Tom Thumb'. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky. ‘Tom Thumb’

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky was born on January 14, 1945 in Leningrad, the USSR. In 1956 he entered the Art School at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Repin, and in 1963 – the graphic faculty of the Institute. Alexey Reypolsky worked in the studio of book graphics under the direction of Professor MA Taranov. In 1969 he graduated from the Institute. Thesis – a series of linocuts for the novel of FM Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler”, was awarded the highest evaluation. The work was later acquired by the museum-apartment of Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg.

Illustration for the book 'Tom Thumb'. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Alexey Dmitrievich Reypolsky worked as an art editor in publishing “Detgiz” and “Artist of the RSFSR.” Since 1971, the artist has drawn a number of books and created book illustrations, which brought him fame. He Illustrated tales by Charles Perrault “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Tom Thumb”, “Rica-cop”, “Donkey skin” and others repeatedly republished and kept millions of readers. Illustrations by Alexey Reypolsky, stylized to French engraving of the 17th century – the illuminated etching (prints, hand-painted). It is believed Cinderella’s outfit by Alexey Reypolsky is the most “canon”.

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Since 1978, Alexey Reypolsky was a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Since the mid-1980s, worked in oil painting and showed his paintings at various exhibitions. In the 1990s Alexey Reypolsky illustrated novel by Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe”, a collection of poetic lyrics and Marshak’s translations from English, a collection of “Russian Fairy Tales” and others. From 1998 to 2006, the artist illustrated the “Tales” of AS Pushkin published in “Detgiz.” In the late 1990s, Alexey Reypolsky conceived the series of lithographs to the drama of MU Lermontov “Masquerade”. In this series the artist has realized all his experience as an illustrator, painter, demonstrated commitment to the traditions of Russian realistic school.

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Gradually, the artist comes to work for the Russian Orthodox Church (among his ancestors were known priests of Kostroma land). The most significant works have become icon-painting for the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Pavlovsk.

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Works by Alexey Reypolsky are stored in the State Hermitage Museum, State Russian Museum, the State Museum of History of St. Petersburg, the Museum of City Sculpture of St. Petersburg Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps, the Russian National Library, Novgorod Historical and Art Museum-Reserve, the Vatican Library in private collections in Russia and abroad.

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book 'Tom Thumb'. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book 'Tom Thumb'. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Book illustrator Alexey Reypolsky, Tom Thumb

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book 'Tom Thumb'. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Illustration for the book ‘Tom Thumb’. Artist Alexey Reypolsky

Images scanned from the illustrated book 1987 “Мальчик с пальчик”, Москва, Изобразительное искусство.

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