1.5.6.3 Russian Mir Iskusstva (‘World of Art’ magazine) (1898-1904)

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A man with eyeglasses, Dobuzhinsky
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna at Tsarskoye Selo, Lansere

Portrait of a Woman, Somov

Mir iskusstva was a Russian magazine and an artistic movement that inspired a major influence on the Russians who helped revolutionise European art during the first decade of the 20th century. In fact, few Europeans outside Russia actually saw issues of the magazine itself.

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Mstislav Valerianovich Dobuzhinsky was a Lithuanian artist noted for his cityscapes conveying the explosive growth and decay of the early twentieth-century city.

Dobuzhinsky was distinguished from other miriskusniki by his expressionist manner and keen interest in modern industrial cityscapes. He often painted seedy or tragic scenes from urban life which expressed the nightmarish bleakness and loneliness of modern times.

Like other members of the Mir iskusstva, Dobuzhinsky also experimented with scenic design. At first he worked for Constantin Stanislavski at the Moscow Arts Theatre, but later on also contributed sets to several Diaghilev productions. He was renowned as an excellent art teacher; among his young pupils was Vladimir Nabokov, with whom he maintained correspondence for decades.
A man with eyeglasses is a Portrait of art critic and poet, Konstantin Sunnerberg.
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A man with eyeglasses 1901-2Charcoal/Watercolour/PaperPortrait
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Dobuzhinsky, Mstislav1875-1957, aged 82Russian painterMir iskusstva
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Eugène Lanceray (aka Lanseré), the author of monumental murals, visited the Tsarskoye Selo park from a young age, examining the architecture of the Catherine Palace and studying it.

In his picture Empress Elizaveta Petrovna in Tsarskoye Selo he managed to convey the era of Elizabeth Petrovna. The picture shows the atmosphere of how solemnly the courtyard and the retinue of Elizaveta Petrovna come out of the country residence. We seem to see a kind of theatrical performance in front of the audience. The obese empress Elizaveta Petrovna majestically and regally sails past the spectators. The empress’s long train tries to solemnly carry the arapchon, who was lost among the luxuriously dressed courtiers. Her retinue follows her – ladies and gentlemen, who are also dressed up in lush outfits, they are wearing powdered wigs.
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Empress Elizabeth Petrovna at Tsarskoye Selo1905Gouache/Paper/CardboardPortrait
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Lanceray, Eugène aka Lanseré, Evgeni1875-1946, aged 71Russian painterMir iskusstva
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Inspired by Watteau and Fragonard, he preferred to work with watercolours and gouache. For three years he worked upon his masterpiece, Lady in Blue, painted in the manner of 18th-century portraitists.
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Lady in Blue, Portrait of a Woman (Elizaveta Martynova)1897-1900Oil/CanvasPortrait
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Somov, Konstantin1869-1939, aged 70Russian painterMir iskusstva
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State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow103 x 103  

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