Gustav Mootse’s Works in the Periodicals of St Petersburg in the Early 20th Century

  • Elena S. Sonina
  • Olga A. Lysenko
Keywords: Gustav Mootse, Ex Libris, Russian periodicals, Estonian art, Estonian community in St Petersburg


The article presents the under-explored St Petersburg period in the work of Gustav Mootse, famous Estonian artist, founder of Estonian book graphics and ex libris master. Upon a thorough archival research of illustrated periodicals, the authors have revealed unknown images by Mootse. Based on those, they make conclusions on stages in Mootse’s creative evolution, show a progressive growth in his standing in St Petersburg periodicals, show his search for forms and experiments, and comment on specifics of his creative work.


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