Moscow: 1911. First edition. Publisher's wrappers. Item #548
Book measures: 19 x 12.5 cm. 28,  pages. Text in Russian. A worn copy with soiled wrappers.
An exhibition catalog for the World of Art (Mir iskusstva) movement, held in Moscow in 1911, is a significant artifact from a key moment in Russian art history. This catalog encapsulates the pioneering spirit of the World of Art movement, known for its role in introducing Russian art to modernist influences and bridging Eastern and Western artistic traditions.
The 1911 Moscow exhibition was a notable event, featuring some of the most illustrious Russian artists of the time. The catalog includes works by Alexandre Benois (Benua), the Burliuk brothers, Mikhail Vrubel, Natalia Goncharova, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Boris Kustodiev, Eugene Lanceray (Lansere), Mikhail Larionov, Georgy Lukomsky, Sergei Sudeikin, and others. These artists were central figures in the movement, each contributing unique perspectives and styles, ranging from Neo-Primitivism to Symbolism and Art Nouveau.
The World of Art movement was characterized by its eclectic approach, embracing various artistic styles and themes. This diversity is reflected in the catalog, showcasing a wide range of artworks including painting, graphic design, and architectural designs, given the multi-disciplinary interests of the group's members.
This catalog is an important document showcasing the artistic trends, themes, and innovations of the period. It would offer valuable insights into the individual contributions of each artist and the collective ethos of the World of Art movement.
For art historians, collectors, and enthusiasts, this first edition catalog is a window into a transformative era in Russian art, capturing the essence of a movement that played a crucial role in shaping the modernist trajectory of Russian cultural history.