Moscow: Tip. T/d. I.S. Kolomiets, 1915. Item #466
 pp. 18x12 cm. In original illustrated lithographed wrappers. Near fine, vertical crease throughout the book.
A very rare copy of a small run in almost mint condition.
This is a catalogue for the exhibition which took place in Moscow in 1915 and presented almost 400 works by such artists like N. Altman, I. Bilibin, L. Bruni, B. Grigoriev, B. Kustodiev, P. Miturich, D. Mitrokhin, S. Chekhonin, S. Sudeikin, N. Tyrsa, K. Petrov-Vodkin, K. Somov, A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva and others. Catalogue includes list of the works, contact information of the exhibition and last names of the members of society Mir Iskusstva and members of the executive committee of the society.
The society Mir Iskusstva [i.e. World of Art], embodied in itself the artistic ideals of symbolism and Art Nouveau, played an important role in the formation of the avant-garde in spite of its own aspirations. Despite the confrontation that existed between miriskusniki and avantgardists, the interrelation of the two phenomena on the historical and artistic level is obvious. In early days such artists like Larionov, Goncharova, Lentulov were participants of Mir Iskusstva shows at some point when the association was open to new art movements (especially after Bubnovy Valet success). But avant-garde participants changed from year to year. The show in 1915 gathered such leftist artists like Tyrsa, Miturich, Bruni. Some of them later entered the group which served as another sigh of the new piece between art groups.
Worldcat locates only one copy at the Getty Research Institute.