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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Past Exhibitions


IN THE East Gallery

From the Silver Age to Stalin: Russian Children's Book Illustration in the Sasha Lurye Collection

Drawn from the Private Collection of Sasha Lurye, the exhibition explores the beauty and artistry of illustration from the last years of the Czars to the Soviet dictatorship under Stalin. The range of work encompasses a rich diversity of artistic expression from Art Nouveau and Constructivism to the politically charged realism that reinforced Soviet dogma. Among the more than seventy original works of art are examples by Ivan Bilibin, Vladimir Lebedev, and Vera Ermolaeva as well as printed books with art by Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and Alexandr Rodchenko. That so much of this work survived revolution, retribution, and censorship is truly remarkable.

This exhibition is curated by Michael Patrick Hearn. 


Ivan Bilibin, illustration from The Tale of Tsar Saltan and of His Son the Glorious and Powerful Prince Guidon Saltanovich and His Beautiful Swan Princess by Alexandre Pushkin, 1906. Collection of Sasha Lurye.
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