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‘Russkie Akvafortisty’: The Society of Russian Etchers and Early Artistic Organisation in the Russian Art World, 1871-1875

Taking as its focus the international modern phenomenon of artistic organization in the nineteenth century, this essay examines the first printmaking group in Russia – the Society of Russian Etchers. Analysing the foundation and published output of the society, it explores the reasons why a group of painters turned to etching in the 1870s, and how this technique enabled them to foster a novel sense of identity in the Russian art world.