Russian Exhibition in Paris Poster, circa 1896

circa 1896
lithography on paper, backed on canvas
144.5  × 104.5 cm

Exhibitions were the great mixing pot and international meeting place of the second half of the 19th century. This Russian Exhibition probably coincided with the important state visit of the new Tsar Nicholas II in 1896 to Paris, a visit which cemented the Franco Russian alliance. No doubt an exciting and visual feast, the exhibition was “Equine and Ethnographic” and the Imperial Stables were part of the act.

The artist Francisco Tamagno 1851-1933 was a prolific poster designer of the time and has captured the thrill of the Cossack horsemen, the exotic dress of a Russian woman in her kokoshnik headdress and the careering troika even suggests the snowy steppes might be evoked on the Champ de Mars!


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