In this study, relationship between Gothic and Art Nouveau in Russian painter and illustrator Ivan Bilibin’s illustrations is examined. Bilibin applicates Art Nouveau style that means “New Art” and characterized by serpentine, floral patterns and ornaments to illustrations for Russian folk tales. The study aims to reveal Gothic elements in Bilibin’s Art Nouveau interpretation while analyzing his illustrations for “Vasilisa the Beautiful” by Panofsky method. It is concluded that Gothic influences are seen as rhythm of repeating patterns inherited from Gothic architecture and as usage of mythologic sense of fear with dangerous images peculiar to Gothic literature.
Key words: Ivan Bilibin, fairy tale illustration, Slavic mythology, Art Nouveau, Gothic.