This vintage postcard features Russian writer and playwright, Mikhail Petrovich Artsybashev (1878-1927). I originally thought this was a portrait of Russian playwright and short story writer, Anton Chekhov. A visitor to this site corrected my faulty identification. A contributor to my mistake is that Artsybashev and Chekhov look amazingly alike. Artsybashev was a major advocate of the literary style of naturalism. He was a daring writer. He was expelled from St. Petersburg for participating in a demonstration (1901). He had a number of his works censored. Some of his work were considered scandalous and obscene. They were banned in Russia as well as in other countries. In 1923, after the Russian Revolution, Artsybashev emigrated to Poland. This vintage postcard is in very good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

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  1. At first glance I assumed it was Chekhov. But the word Арцыба́шев at lower right identifies the man as Russian writer Mikhail Artsybashev. An intriguing image and probably quite rare.

    • I just purchased this card. If it is not Chekhov, I would not like to buy it.

      • I am very sorry. I misidentified the subject of the photograph as Anton Chekhov. It is actually Mikhail Arsybashev. as stated by “Tokens of Companionship”. The two writers look very much alike. I should have paid more attention to the Russian listing of their names. Sorry. I will refund your money later tonight.

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