Hoffmann in Bulgaria

Illustrations for Hoffmann's tales by the Bulgarian artist Lyuben Zidarov (circa 1970s)

These scans were kindly contributed by Adam. From what I can gather, the illustrations are for E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Nutcracker," "Little Zaches," "The Golden Pot," and "The King's Bride."

Links for Lyuben Zidarov (Любен Зидаров) in Bulgarian: wikipedia / prograficamagazine and a list in English of his many exhibitions.

Zidarov is well-known in Bulgaria for his illustrations of countless children's books as well as his paintings. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday. I hope to (somehow) feature more of his work.

the first hallucinatory idyll from "The Golden Pot"

back cover

More posts of Bulgarian illustration in the works.

This post first appeared on March 11, 2014 on 50 Watts