Monday, April 13, 2009

Russian Revolutionary Periodicals 1905-1906

"On Sunday, January 9th, 1905, Tsar Nicholas II ordered trooops to fire on a peaceful procession of workers demonstrating in St. Petersburg, unleashing a storm of strikes, mutinies, violent uprisings, and brutal reprisals that raged across Russia for well over a year. Known collectively as the Revolution of 1905, these upheavals transformed the political landscape and set the stage for the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War that followed. Bloody Sunday also marked an important watershed for Russian graphic artists. With the momentary collapse of censorship, over 300 different satirical magazines were published during the Revolution of 1905, more than had seen the light of day in Russia during the entire 19th century. Most of them survived for only a few numbers before the censors caught up. Yet the output was impressive all the same. Rushing to fill the expressive void, artists and writers captured the events and personalities of the revolution with biting satire and aesthetic sophistication. While styles and subject matter varied, artists often chose to depict nightmarish scenes of bloodshed and repression, drawing on images of the macabre and the mystical that had already been in vogue in Symbolist circles across Europe at the turn of the century." - from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

, No. 1 (1906)

Svietaet, No. 2 (1906)

Zarnitsy, No. 3 (1906)

Zanoza, No. 2 (1906)

Ovod, No. 1 (1906)

Zhupel, No. 3 (1906)

Zhupel, No. 2 (1905)

Zhupel, No. 2 (1905)

Iumoristicheskii almanakh, No. 63 (1906)

Maski, No. 1 (Feb 1906)

Shut : khudozhestvennyi zhurnal karikatur, No. 36 (1906)

Maski, No. 1 (Feb 1906)

Zritel, No. 19 (1905)

Skorpion, No. 2 (Feb 1906)

Buria, No. 4 (Jan 1906)

Gamaiun, No. 1 (1906)

Voron, No. 1 (1906)

Karikaturnyi listok gazety gazet
, No. 1 (1905)

Deviatyi val, No. 2 (Jan 1906)

Burelom, No. 3 (Jan. 1906)

Zarevo, No. 1 (Feb. 1906)

-See the whole stunning collection of Russian Graphic Art and the Revolution of 1905 at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library [link]


annie stephens said...

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joel. said...

thank you for the very kind comment - it means a lot.

Trix said...

I love the images you've selected!

There are so many to choose from in the collection.

Thank you for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Very enjoyable.

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stefan said...

Wow, these are GREAT! Thanks so much for putting them up.

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