Art Periodical Culture in Late Imperial Russia (1898-1917)

Print Modernism in Transition


Art Periodical Culture in Late Imperial Russia (1898-1917). Print Modernism in Transition offers a detailed exploration of the major Modernist art periodicals in late imperial Russia, the World of Art ( Mir Iskusstva, 1899-1904), The Golden Fleece ( Zolotoe runo, 1906-1909) and Apollo ( Apollon, 1909-1917). By exploring the role of art reproduction in the nineteenth century and the emergence of these innovative art journals in the turn of the century, Hanna Chuchvaha proves that these Modernist periodicals advanced the Russian graphic arts and reinforced the development of reproduction technologies and the art of printing. Offering a detailed examination of the “inaugural” issues, which included editorial positions expressed in words and images, Hanna Chuchvaha analyses the periodicals’ ideologies and explores journals as art objects appearing in their unique socio-historical context in imperial Russia.
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Biographical Note

Hanna Chuchvaha, PhD (2012), University of Alberta, Canada, is contract academic staff member at that university and teaches history of art, design and visual culture. She has published articles on Russian painting, Ukrainian textiles and Belarusian dress, book reviews and translations.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction The Materiality of the Book and Gérard Genette’s Thresholds Word-Image Intermediality Art Journals in the Cultural Context and Structure of the Book Chapter I: When Russia Learned to Reproduce Art: Graphic Design, Materials and Printing Techniques in Nineteenth-Century Imperial Russia Early Russian Periodical Design The Popular Illustrated Press in the Nineteenth Century Art Periodicals in Imperial Russia The “Age of Mechanical Reproduction” in Russia: Reproduction Techniques in Historical Perspective The Periodical Personalised: Cover Pages and Binding The Periodical Press and Censorship Conclusion Chapter II: World of Art and the Origins of the Print Revival in Late Imperial Russia The World of Art in Scholarship Emergence of the World of Art in the Cultural-Historical Context The Art Periodical Press before the World of Art: Art and Art Industry Abramtsevo and Talashkino, the Arts and Crafts Movement The Modern Style The “Circle” of Art-Lovers and the Emergence of the World of Art Vladimir Stasov vs. Sergei Diaghilev Editorial Board: Sergei Diaghilev vs. Alexandre Benois and Other Participants of the World of Art The Patrons of the World of Art and the Journal’s Closure The Editorial Mission Statement The World of Art and its Paratextual Qualities: Materiality and the Visual in the Context of the Editorial Mission Statement and Other Texts A European Type Journal The Title and Logo The Cover Page Graphic Design and Art Reproduction: Abramtsevo and Viktor Vasnetsov in the World of Art Toward Europeanism Viewing vs. Reading: Word-Image Intermediality Conclusion Chapter III: The Golden Fleece or Russia’s "Très Riches Heures" The Golden Fleece in Scholarship The Golden Fleece: The Art-Historical Context The Russian Art Periodical Press after the World of Art Nikolai Riabushinskii: Publisher, Editor-in-chief and Art Patron Main Contributors The Bilingual Presentation of Russian Cosmopolitanism The Editorial Statement Reception of the Journal by Contemporaries The Golden Fleece: the Paratextual Dimension Extravagance in the ‘Time of Troubles’: From ‘Materialism’ to Materiality’ The Title: Meaning and Sources The Cover Page: Visual Sources and Symbolism The Art Reproductions The World of Art in The Golden Fleece: Graphic Design and Illustration Symbolist Illustration Conclusion Chapter IV: Apollo: Between “Archaism” and Modernism Apollo in Scholarship Contextual Preconditions for Apollo: Classical Revival Tendencies and the New Paradigm for Book Art Classical Revival: the Term Sergei Makovskii and the Birth of Apollo Apollo’s Contributors: Creating a Group Identity Apollonian / Dionysian “In Expectation of the Hymn to Apollo” Dance: the Apollonian Gesamtkunstwerk Art as Theurgy Apollonian Satire: "The Bees and Wasps of Apollo" Articulating a Paradigm for Book Art: Alexandre Benois’s “The Objectives of Graphic Art” Apollo and its Textual and Paratextual Standards: Materiality, Archeology of the Visual and Apollonianism Materiality, the Title and the Cover Page The Title Page: Connecting Greek Archaism with Modernism The Russian Cretan Quest and the Origins of Archaism The “Archeological” Meaning of the Title Page Art Reproductions Apollo’s Graphic Design and its “Architectural” Meaning Illustrations in the Literary Almanac Conclusion Conclusion Bibliography Primary Sources List of Selected Illustrated Magazines and Art Periodicals published in the Nineteenth Century List of Selected Art Periodicals published in the Twentieth Century Secondary Sources Glossary of Terms Index


All interested in Russian Modernism in literature and visual arts, periodical and book studies. Anyone who is concerned with the World of Art ( Mir Iskusstva, 1899-1904), The Golden Fleece ( Zolotoe runo, 1906-1909) and Apollo ( Apollon, 1909-1917), their publishing histories and visual identities.