(b Tarkhovka, St Petersburg, 4 Aug 1876; d Leningrad [now
St Petersburg], 7 Feb 1942).
Russian graphic artist and stage designer. The son of a naval doctor,
Bilibin was educated in St Petersburg, studying law at the University
(1896–1900) and art at the school of the Society for the Encouragement of
the Arts (1895–8); then, under Il’ya Repin, he studied at both Princess
Maria Tenisheva’s Art School (1898–1900) and the Academy of Arts
(1900–04). From 1899 he exhibited with the group known as the WORLD OF ART
(Mir Iskusstva) and was elected chairman of its reconstituted exhibition
society in 1916. He also contributed to the Mir Iskusstva journal.
Meanwhile he taught graphic art at the school of the Society for the
Encouragement of the Arts (1907–17).
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