Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Russian Graphic Art and the Revolution of 1905

Zarevo Zarevo (No.3, 1906, Saint Petersburg, Russia, publisher: A.K. Kasatkin). From Russian Graphic Art and the Revolution of 1905. "...On Sunday, January 9th, 1905, Tsar Nicholas II ordered troops to fire on a peaceful procession of workers demonstrating in St. Petersburg, unleashing a storm of strikes, mutinies, violent uprisings, and brutal reprisals that raged across Russia for well over a year. Known collectively as the Revolution of 1905, these upheavals transformed the political landscape and set the stage for the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War that followed. Bloody Sunday also marked an important watershed for Russian graphic artists. With the momentary collapse of censorship, over 300 different satirical magazines were published during the Revolution of 1905, more than had seen the light of day in Russia during the entire 19th century. Most of them survived for only a few numbers before the censors caught up. Yet the ouput was impressive all the same."


Blogger Christina said...

But Tsar Nicholas didn't order his troops to open fire on the people. The Tsar was not there. He was at Tsarskoe Selo and had been misinformed about what was happening. He was told that a protest was taking place and he was advised to keep out of the way.
Although this terrible massacre earned him the awful 'epithet' "Bloody Nicholas", he loved his people and would never have given such an order. He was horrified when he heard what had happened.

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