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Zoom lecture:
Russian Art of the early 20th c : the Silver Age
Recorded: 26 Jan 2021
Time: 11 am
Jane Angelini

The Seraph by Vrubel
The Seraph by Vrubel    

The concept of the "World of Art" group embraces more than the society founded by and the exhibitions they curated, it inspired a whole new philosophy of Russian art and a new relationshiopn with the West. The concept of civic duty  and the educative, social mission of art was challenged:This talk covers Russian painting in the period, approximately 1900-1914. This is probably the most exciting and dynamic period in the history of Russian Art as they embrace modernist movements originating in Europe and assimilate them with Russian cultural traditions. At the beginning of the 20th century Serge Diaghilev and Alexander Benois founded the World of Art group in order to criticise the prevailing 19th century concept that art should be educative, that it had a social mission. The World of Art Group insisted that " the great force of art is that it is self-valuable, self-effective and most important of all, all is free" (Diaghilev, 1903). Casting critical realism aside, Art for Art's sake became the new philosophy underpinning numerous "movements" in the turbulent years of the early 20th century - Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Primitivism, Abstract painting and Ballets Russes. By 1912 Russia was at the forefront of the European Avant Garde movement, a remarkable achievement soon to be squandered. 

Length:  1 hour

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