St. Petersburg: 1915. 2nd edition. Publisher's wrappers. Item #547
Book measures: 18.5 x 12.5 cm. 21,  pages. Text in Russian. The wrappers comes off the text block.
An exhibition catalog for the World of Art (Mir iskusstva) movement's exhibition in St. Petersburg in 1915 is a crucial document for understanding this influential Russian art movement. The World of Art, known for its pivotal role in the Russian avant-garde and for bridging the gap between Russian and European art, was characterized by its embrace of Art Nouveau and a rejection of the traditionalist approach to art.
The 1915 exhibition in St. Petersburg was a significant event, showcasing the latest developments and artistic expressions within the movement. It includes descriptions of the artworks presented. Members of the movement included prominent figures like Alexandre Benois, Leon Bakst, and Sergei Diaghilev, known for their contributions not only to visual arts but also to ballet and theater.
Furthermore, the catalog serves as an important historical record, capturing the artistic atmosphere in Russia just before the tumultuous events of the Russian Revolution. It offers a glimpse into a moment of cultural flourishing and experimentation, just on the cusp of major social and political upheaval.
For art historians and enthusiasts, this catalog is not merely a compilation of artworks but a testament to a vibrant and transformative period in Russian art. It highlights the World of Art's contributions to modernism and its lasting influence on Russian and European art at the beginning of the 20th century.