St. Petersburg: Russkaya pechatnia, 1913. Pp.14-15. 30,5x21 cm. Original illustrated wrappers. Bookseller’s stamp on the front wrapper, small tear of the spine, otherwise very good. ‘Natalie Goncharova’ is written on the front wrapper in contemporary pencil.
The article titled ‘’Grimaces in Art. News on the Project of Futuristic Theatre in Moscow’’ describes (without naming it directly) the very first attempt of futuristic theatre in Russia undertaken by Mikhail Larionov in 1913-1914 called The Pink Lantern. The article briefly describes the performance. The focus of the article is on Natalia Goncharova: three of her works are reproduced and her photo (taken by the journals’ photographer) is featured. She is called ‘the first Russian modernist’, generally the tone of the article is quite neutral which is unusual for the non-niche periodicals of the day in the polemics around futurists.
The article also has a section dedicated to the poetry of Anton Lotov (the pen-name of Konstantin Bolshakov), his portrait by Goncharova is included (the location of the original work is unknown as of now) as well as two of his poems.
The periodical was the sole project of the ethnographer and theatre enthusiast Evgeniy Ivanov (1884-1967). In 1913-1914 he published the magazine ‘‘Theatre in Caricatures’’ in which, in addition to chronicles and reviews (not only on performances, but also on concerts, exhibitions, new books), new art and new poetry were published - in particular, the first publication of Mayakovsky’s poem ‘‘A Violin and a Little Nervous’’ (Mayakovsky and Ivanov were acquainted, there are even four caricatures of Ivanov by Mayakovsky from 1914-1915).
According to the editor’s letter in this issue the magazine is divided into two sections: the first part is dedicated to the ‘healthy laughter’, humorous sketches etc., while the second is dedicated to serious content: a chronicle and critical articles on theatre and art.
It is highly likely that Ivanov himself wrote the piece on futurists.
The other interesting materials in this issue include the caricature on possible tiff between Nemirovich-Danchenko and Stanislavsky embracing titled ‘Ne ver’te gazetam!’ and a caricature on A.A. Bakhrushin sitting on a box titled ‘My own museum’. They are executed like most of the works in the periodical by the artist and sketchist Piotr Aliakrinskiy (1892-1961).