Moscow: 1914. Publisher's wrappers. Item #546
Book measures: 22 x 9.5 cm. 10,  pages. Text in Russian. Lightly worn copy.
Catalog chronicling the works showcased by the Peredvizhniki in 1914, also known as The Wanderers or The Itinerants, a significant group in Russian art history. This catalog documents the 43rd exhibition of this influential society, which played a crucial role in bringing art to the public across Russia.
Formed in the late 19th century, the Peredvizhniki were a collective of realist artists who broke away from the rigid academic standards of the time. They sought to engage with a broader audience by organizing traveling art exhibitions, which allowed them to reach people across various regions of Russia who otherwise might not have access to fine arts.
The 1914 catalog includes a diverse array of paintings, reflecting the realist style and socially conscious themes that the Peredvizhniki were known for. Their work often focused on everyday life, the natural world, and the plight of Russia's peasants and working class, offering a poignant commentary on contemporary social issues.
This particular exhibition, being held on the eve of World War I, shifts the time's political and social landscape. The catalog serves as a valuable historical document, providing insights into the artistic trends and societal concerns of early 20th-century Russia.
For art historians, students, and enthusiasts, this catalog is not just a record of an exhibition but a window into the ethos of the Peredvizhniki movement. It showcases the group's commitment to realism, accessibility, and social relevance in art, principles that marked a significant departure from the more formal and elite-driven art world of their time.