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Artzybasheff, Boris

Entry updated 19 July 2023. Tagged: Artist.

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(1899-1965) Ukraine-born US illustrator who fled to the US after the Russian Revolution. Although much of his prodigious output – he painted over 200 covers for Time magazine – had a fantasticated feel to it, only a small portion is directly relevant to the fantastic genres. Most notable among these are his cover for the 1926 US reissue of E R Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros (1922) and his set of interior illustrations to Charles G Finney's The Circus of Dr. Lao (1935). He also painted the original covers for The Incomplete Enchanter (coll of linked stories 1941) and Land of Unreason (1942), both by L Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt. A book of his art is As I See (graph 1954; rev graph 2008 chap). [JGr/DRL]

Boris Artzybasheff

born Kharkiv, Ukraine: 5 June 1899 [25 May 1899 old style]

died New York: 17 July 1965


  • As I See (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1954) [graph: hb/Boris Artzybasheff]
    • As I See (London: Titan Books, 2008) [chap: graph: rev of the above: hb/Boris Artzybasheff]

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