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Beardsley. Rare Russian edition about the artist.

Beardsley. Rare Russian edition about the artist.

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[Beardsley]. Berdsley. 

In Russian and English.
Drawings selected under the direction of artist K. Somov. 

Sankt-Peterburg, Shipovnik, Tovarischestvo “Vol’naia tipografiia”, 1906.
12mo, [4], 5-62, [1] l., ill.

In publisher’s pictorial boards
In good condition, small losses to spine extremities, edges lightly bumped, two small stains to front cover, owner stamp to p. 1.

Fine edition with 61 woodcut reproductions of Beardsley's artwork.

The edition includes a list of illustrations (in Russian and English), a list of books illustrated by Beardsley, and a bibliography.
The graphics for this book were selected by the 'subtlest artist', Konstantin Somov (1869–1939), a member of the Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) movement. Somov became acquainted with Beardsley’s art around 1894 and closely followed his work over the years. Some of his drawings exploited ‘the artifice of the Rococo and the decadence of Beardsley’ (Howard. Art Nouveau: International and National Styles in Europe, 1996).
Many Russian poets and artists imitated Beardsley’s distinctive style, including Leon Bakst, Nikolay Feofilaktov, Miss (Anna Remizova-Vasileva), Sergey Lodygin, and Dmitriy Mitrokhin. The first Russian article about the illustrator was published in the magazine 'Mir Iskusstva' in 1899. Igor Grabar, a Russian painter and art historian, referred to the first issue of this magazine as the 'Russian Studio', in reference to 'The Studio' magazine illustrated by Beardsley.
The last monograph on Beardsley in Russia was published in 1926, and during the Soviet period, his name was almost forgotten.

OCLC locates two copies of this edition: in the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Library (Part of the André Savine Collection) and in the National Library of Poland.

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