The first exhibition of the Society took place in 1871

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The first exhibition of the Society took place in 1871 (in the exhibition halls of the Academy) and consisted of 46 works, including paintings of non-members approved by the members' committee. Nikolai Ge's Peter I Interrogating the Tsarevich Alexis and Savrasov's The Rooks Have Returned were among the works exhibited. The response of the public was extremely positive; even M. Saltykov-Shchedrin, who rarely commented on artistic events, applauded the establishment of the Society as "an important event in Russian art," and particularly appreciated that exhibitions were scheduled to travel not only to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but to other Russian cities. For the first time, the Russian public would get a chance to see the masterpieces in all their glory instead of being restricted to reproductions in art journals or exhibition catalogues. The first exhibition was also a considerable financial success -- many paintings
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Unformatted text preview: were acquired by collectors and the Imperial family. P. M. Tretiakov played a particularly important role in the success of the Society; his frequent purchases allowed the painters to worry less about their income and concentrate on the creative process. Encouraged by the success of the first exhibition, the Society staged the second in 1872 and by 1897 could boast of 25 exhibitions, many of which traveled to Kiev, Kharkov, Nizhnii Novgorod, Kazan', Samara, Penza, Tambov, Kozlov, Voronezh, Novocherkassk, Rostov, Taganrog, Ekaterinoslav, and Kursk. In the first 25 years of its existence, the Society's members created 3504 works seen by about a million viewers. All in all, the Society organized 48 exhibitions and survived until 1923, when it was incorporated into the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia...
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