Zolotoe runo

La Toison d'or

Золотое руно

The Golden Fleece

Moscow, 1906-1909

 

Zolotoe runo, The Golden Fleece, a monthly on art and literature, was one of Russia's most beautiful art and literary journals. Founded in Moscow after the 1905 revolution, at the height of the symbolist era, the journal was instrumental in introducing and popularizing Western as well as native modernism in the arts. It was financed by Nikolai Ryabushinskii (1876-1951) and printed at the typographical institute of A. Mamontov in which the railway giant Savva Mamontov was the most important shareholder. The magazine was intended to succeed the famous Mir Iskusstva [World of Art] magazine. A complete set consists of 48 issues of which the issues of the first two years were almost twice as big as the issues of the last two years. The contents dealt with all manner of artistic and literary subjects. The journalís debt to Mir Iskusstva was obvious and it was at the time not uncommon to come across a confusion of both journals. However, The golden Fleece was not a purely art journal as Mir Iskusstva had been. And the greater place given to literary works clearly distinguished it from its predecessor. After an attempted suicide by Ryabushinskii in 1908, the driving force behind the journal vanished and the journal was closed in 1909. The golden Fleece deserves the credit for recognizing the importance of Vrubel and Borisov-Musatov as founders of the new tendencies in Russian art and presenting to the Russian public Western modernism in the art of Gauguin and Matisse. The great role of The golden Fleece in the development of Russian modern art can not be overestimated as the Journal changed the aesthetic currents of its time and promoted very exciting exhibitions of its period. Zolotoe Runo deserves its place firmly in Russiaís Silver Age.

 

References:

- W. Richardson, Zolotoe Runo and Russian Modernism. Ann Arbor 1986

- A. Brambatti, Grafica Art Nouveau nelle Riviste Russe, Firenze, 1989

- Moscow 2000, p. 33

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