Thursday, 19 November 2015

"BLOOD AND LAUGHTER, Caricatures From The 1905 Revolution" David King & Cathy Porter (Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd, London 1983) - Part 3

These pictures were incredibly outspoken and bold: The one below actually displays the names of  government officials, generals or ministers under each bloody hand-print! The one below that, shows caricatures of the generals having a feast, looking so pleased with themselves after the massacre! The publications were, of course, suppressed by the authorities in the end, but they became a triumph for the freedom of speech and artistic expression. 

Here are a few names of the contributing artists listed in this book: Boris Izraelovich Anisfeld (1879-1973), Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942), Isaac Izrealovich Brodsky (1883-1939), Pyotr Semyonovich Dobrynin (1877-1948), Msitislav Dobuzhinsky (1875-1957), Ivan Mikhailovich Grabovsky (1878-1922), Evgenii Evgenevich Lanser (1875-1946) and others. The book focuses more on the historical events that led to the October Revolution, the politics and the social structure in Russia at that time but offers little information on the creators of the journals. The reproductions of the illustrations are excellent though.

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