Russian nominees for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize
Anastasia Arkhipova is best known for her illustrations to the Andersen's Fairy Tales and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, published by the German publishing house Shriver Verlag in 1985. These timeless children’s tales, first published in the 19th century, have been reprinted in many countries from Scandinavia to Brazil to India, and Arkhipova’s illustrations are widely considered the best for these classic stories.
While a student at the Poster Design Faculty at the Surikov Institute in Moscow, Arkhipova started working with Russia's oldest publishing house, Detskaya Literatura (children's literature), where she illustrated books such as Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, The Princess and the Pea, The Tin Box, Molière’s The Bourgeois Gentleman and Tartuffe, and many others.
Successful exhibitions of Arkhipova’s illustrations have been held in Bologna, Barcelona, Paris and several German cities. Her delicate and expertly crafted water colour works are recognizable by their unique style, which is lyrical and tender. Her skill shows through her illustrations, which are on a par with the stories themselves, matching the impact and brilliance of the original. Born in Moscow in 1955, Anastasia Arkhipova comes from a family of artists: both her father and grandfather were book illustrators.
Book designer and illustrator Sergei Lyubayev is well known and widely respected in the field. He has a niche approach, viewing a book as a holistic work, and combines its design, font and overall appearance to create the required impact. Lyubayev has been designing books for top Russian publishing houses since 1984. He has illustrated books by Tolkien, Kipling, Alexander Blok, Gogol, Yesenin, Chukovsky, Mark Twain and many others.
Many editions illustrated by Lyubayev have become collectibles, which both adults and children equally enjoy. An example is the two-volume edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, which Lyubayev worked on for around two years.
This edition is unique for the large number of illustrations; around 1,500; and the fact that Lyubayev uses a variety of different approaches. As well as coloured pencil drawings, there are collages using photographs, engravings, 19th-century book illustrations, notes in the margins, old postcards, and even a portrait of Aunt Polly. All this combines to create a colourful diary of the two boys’ escapades, which still retain their grip after two centuries.