Moscow: N. N. Karyshev, 1916. Octavo (31 × 23.5 cm). Drawings by A. Arapov, N. Krymov, Pavel Kuznetsov, Nikolai Miliotti and N. Feofilaktov, frontispiece by K. Somov. Original pictorial wrappers by Sergei Sudeikin; 96 pp. One of 540 copies, this being copy no. 246. Light soil to wrappers and occasional foxing throughout; wrappers beginning to detach.
With illustrations and essays by the luminaries of Russian symbolism associated with Mir iskusstva (World of Art) journal, this publication commemorates the life and work of the Russian painter and set designer Nikolai Nikolaevich Sapunov (1880-1912), after his early death in a boating accident. A celebrated stage designer and a member of Silver Age art associations "Mir iskusstva" (World of Art) and "Golubaia Roza" (Blue Rose), Sapunov worked side by side with major artists, writers, and theater personalities of his age, such as the poets Valerii Briusov and Mikhail Kuzmin who offer their memories of the artist in this book. Konstantin Somov (1869-1939), a painter and graphic artist who was one of the founders of Mir iskusstva, contributed the frontispiece of the volume. The wrappers were designed by Sergei Sudeikin, with whom Sapunov collaborated on a number of Opera stage sets.
Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 50320