CORE 101: Symbols and Conceptual Systems (Fall 2000)

MODERN RUSSIAN ART
Russian Art of the Late 19th and 20th Centuries

Course Slides
 
01 Introduction: Russian Society and Culture in the Late 17th and 18th C. Slides
02 Russian Artists and Writers in Western Europe in the Early 19th Century Slides
03 Ethics and Esthetics: The Realist Movement in Late 19th C. Russian Art Slides
04 Neo-Nationalism and the Art Colonies of Abramtsevo and Talashkino Slides
05 Symbolism and the Work of Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910) Slides
06 The St. Petersburg World of Art Group Slides
07 The Moscow Blue Rose Group Slides
08 Vasilii Kandinsky (1866-1944) and the Evolution Towards Abstract Art Slides
09 The Formation of Neo-Primitivism: Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964), and their Colleagues Slides
10 Russian Cubo-Futurism and Parallels with France and Italy  
11 Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Suprematism Slides
12 Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953) and the Notion of Construction Slides
13 Abstract Ladies: The Important Role of Women in the Avant-Garde Movement of the 1910s  
14 The Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917 and Art and Politics Slides
15 Constructivism in Soviet Russia and the West Slides
16 El Lissitzky (1890-1941) and the New Design Movement Slides
17 Pavel Filonov (1883-1941): Defining Russian Expressionism Slides
18 The Move Back Towards a More Classical Art in the Late 1920s  
19 Developments in Moscow and Leningrad Since 1945  
20 The New Wave  

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Topic 01

Russian Society and Culture in the Late 17th and 18th Centuries

 
Levitsky, Portrait of Nelidova (1773)
Levitsky, Portrait of Catherine the Great (ca. 1790)
Borovikovsky, Portrait of Catherine the Great (1790s)
Borovikovsky, Portrait of Lopukhina (1797)
 
 
 
 

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Topic 02

Russian Artists and Writers in Western Europe in the Early 19th Century

 
Orest Kiprensky, Portrait of Davydov (1809)
Orest Kiprensky, Self-portrait (1820s)
Orest Kiprensky, Portrait of Pushkin (1827)
Orest Kiprensky, Portrait of Avdulina (1830s)
Vasilii Tropinin, Portrait of Pushkin (1827)
Karl Briullov, The Last Day of Pompeii (1833)
Karl Briullov, Horsewoman (1832)
Karl Briullov, Self-portrait (1849)
Alexander Ivanov, Appearance of Christ to the People (1837-57)
Alexander Ivanov, Appearance of Christ to the People Detail 1
Alexander Ivanov, Appearance of Christ to the People Detail 2
Alexander Ivanov, Appearance of Christ to the People Detail 3
Alexander Ivanov, Walking on the Waters (1840s-50s)
Alexei Venetsianov, Morning of a Landowner (1823)
Alexei Venetsianov, Plowing. Spring (1820s)
Alexei Venetsianov, Harvesting. Summer (1820s)
Pavel Fedotov, Capricious Bride (1842)
Pavel Fedotov, Aristocrat's Breakfast (1840s)
Pavel Fedotov, Newly Decorated (1840s)
Pavel Fedotov, Major's Betrothal (1848)
Pavel Fedotov, Gamblers (1853)
 

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Topic 03

Ethics and Esthetics: the Realist Movement in Late 19th C. Russian Art

 
Vasilii Perov, Easter Procession (1861)
Vasilii Perov, Refectory (1865-76)
Vasilii Perov, Drowned Woman (1867)
Vasilii Perov, Portrait of Dostoevsky (1872)
Ilia Repin, Self-portrait (1887)
Ilia Repin, Volga Boatmen (1873)
Ilia Repin, Volga Boatmen Detail
Ilia Repin, Religious Procession (1880-83)
Ilia Repin, Religious Procession Detail 1
Ilia Repin, Religious Procession Detail 2
Ilia Repin, They Did Not Expect Him (1884)
Ilia Repin, Ivan the Terrible and His Son (1885)
Ilia Repin, Ivan the Terrible and His Son Detail
Ilia Repin, Portrait of Musorgsky (1881)
Ilia Repin, Portrait of Tolstoi (1901)
Vasilii Vereshchagin, Apotheosis of War (1871-72)
Ivan Shishkin, Rye Field (1878)
Arkhip Kuindzhi, Birch Grove (1879)
Arkhip Kuindzhi, Moonlit Night on Dneiper River (1880)
Arkhip Kuindzhi, Birch Grove (1901)
Arkhip Kuindzhi, Sunset (1905-06)
Isaak Levitan, Spring Flood (1897)
Isaak Levitan, LakeLake (1899)
 


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Topic 04

Neo-Nationalism and the Art Colonies of Abramtsevo and Talashkino

 
Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of Mamontov (1897)
Photograph of Church at Abramtsevo (1883)
Mikhail Vrubel, Stove at Abramtsevo (1890s)
Mikhail Vrubel, Headboard for Bed at Abramtsevo (1890s)
Vasnetsov, Design for opera produced at Abramtsevo (1880s)
Polenova, Furniture designs at Abramtsevo (1890s)
Polenova, Illustration to fairy-tale "The Firebird" (early 1890s)
Bilibin, Illustration to fairy-tale "The Firebird" (1899)
Photograph of Princess Tenisheva (early 1900s)
Photograph of Room at Talashkino (early 1900s)
"Kovsh," or Wooden bowl, designed at Talashkino (early 1900s)
Cradle designed by Princess Tenisheva (ca. 1900)
Candelabra designed by Princess Tenisheva (ca. 1900)
Mikhail Vrubel, Balalaika designs (1890s)
Enamel Plate designed by Princess Tenisheva (1905)
Photograph of Church at Talashkino (1903)
Easter Egg designed by Faberge (1897)
Photograph (1) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (2) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (3) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (4) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (5) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (6) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
Photograph (7) of Riabushinsky's Villa designed by Shekhtel (1900s)
 


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Topic 05

Symbolism and the Work of Mikhail Vrubel

 
Mikhail Vrubel, Self-portrait (1904)
Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of Male Nurse (1905)
Mikhail Vrubel, Betrothal of Mary and Joseph (ca 1883)
Mikhail Vrubel, Angel with Incense Burner and Candle. Design for the Cathedral
      of St. Vladimir, Kiev (1887)
Mikhail Vrubel, Illustration to The Demon by Mikhail Lermontov (1890-91)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Demon (Detail) (1890)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Demon Downcast (1902)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Demon Downcast (Detail)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Prophet (1898)
Mikhail Vrubel, Faust and Mephistofeles (1896)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Bogatyr (1898)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Bogatyr (Detail)
Mikhail Vrubel, The God Pan (1889)
Mikhail Vrubel, Lilacs (1900)
Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of the Artist's Son (1902)
Mikhail Vrubel, Pearl (1904)
Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of Zabela-Vrubel, Vrubel's wife (1904)
Mikhail Vrubel, Portrait of the poet Valerii Briusov (1906)
Mikhail Vrubel, The Saint (1906)
Mikhail Vrubel, Girl Sitting before Persian Rug (1886)
Mikhail Vrubel, Campanulas (1904)
 


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Topic 06

The St. Petersburg World of Art Group

 
Serov, Portrait of Diaghilev (1905)
Photograph of Diaghilev (New York, 1916)
Photograph of Diaghilev (1929)
Photograph of Goncharova, Massine, Bakst, Larionov and Stravinsky (Lausanne, 1915)
Roerich, Church on the River Nereditsa (1899)
Benois, The King's Walk (1906)
Benois, Chinese Pavilion (1906)
Benois, L'Orangerie (1906)
Benois, Bath of the Marquise (1906)
Somov, Lady in Pink (1903)
Somov, Echo of Time Past (1903)
Somov, Ridiculed Kiss (1908)
Somov, Skating Rink (1915)
Somov, Harlequinade (1914)
Somov, Book cover for Cor Ardens (1907)
Somov, Illustration for Le Livre de la Marquise (1908)
Somov, Illustration for Le Livre de la Marquise (1918)
Bakst, Costume design for Shekherazada (1910)
Bakst, Costume design for Shekherazada (1910)
Bakst, Set design for Shekherazada (1910)
Bakst, Set design for Shekherazada (1910)
Bakst, Set design for Shekherazada (1910)
Dobuzhinsky, 1905 (1905)
Kustodiev, Entry into Moscow (1905)
Grzhebin, Domestic and Foreign Policy (1906)
Grzhebin, Domestic and Foreign Policy (inverted)
 


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Topic 07

The Moscow Blue Rose Group

 
Borisov-Musatov, Tapestry (1901)
Borisov-Musatov, Walk at Evening (1903)
Borisov-Musatov, Nut Tree (1905)
Kuznetsov, Blue Fountain (1905)
Kuznetsov, Birth of Spring (1906)
Kuznetsov, Maternal Love (1906)
Utkin, Untitled (1) (1907)
Utkin, Untitled (2) (1907)
Sudeikin, Pastorale (1906)
Sudeikin, Love (1906)
Kuznetsov, Visions of a Midwife (1907-08)
Kuznetsov, Holiday (1907-08)
Kuznetsov, Isle of the Consumptives (1907)
Boklin, Isle of the Dead (1880s)
Cuirlionis, Sonata of the Sun. Andante (1907)
Cuirlionis, Fugue (1908)
Cuirlionis, Sorrow (1905-06)
Cuirlionis, Day (ca 1908)
 


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Topic 08

Vasilii Kandinsky (1866-1944) and the Evolution towards Abstract Art

 
Kandinsky, Farewell (1903)
Kandinsky, Stage Design (1903)
Bilibin, Illustration to The Firebird (1899)
Kandinsky, Ladies in Crinolines (1909)
Somov, Evening (1900-02)
Kandinsky, Landscape (1909)
Larionov, Sunset after Rain (1908)
Kandinsky, Murnau (1908)
Kandinsky, St. George and the Dragon (19??)
Russian Icon, St. George and the Dragon (XV century)
Kandinsky, Composition No. 2 (1910)
Kandinsky, Illustration to his essay, On the Spiritual in Art (1911)
Kandinsky, Improvisation (1910)
Kandinsky, Picture with Red Spot (1914)
Kandinsky, Black Circle (1924)
Kandinsky, Red Square (1917)
Kandinsky, White Oval (1919)
El Lissitzky, Proun (1926?)
 


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Topic 09

The Formation of Neo-Primitivism: Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962), Mikhail Larionov (1881-1964) and Their Colleagues

 
Larionov, Walk in a Provincial Town (1907-09)
Gauguin, Woman Holding Flowers (1899)
Larionov, Gypsy in Tiraspol (1906-07)
Pirosmanashvili, Signboard for drinks (early 1900s)
Pirosmanashvili, Pigs (1900s)
Larionov, Relaxing Soldier (1909)
Lubok, (XVIII century)
Larionov, Officer at the Hairdresser (1909)
Larionov, Boulevard Venus (1911-12)
Larionov, Portrait of Tatlin (1911-12)
Larionov, Rayonist Sausage and Mackerel (1912)
Larionov, Red Rayonism (1913)
Larionov, Blue Rayonism, or Portrait of a Fool (1912-13)
Goncharova, Gardening (1908)
Goncharova, Phoenix (1911)
Goncharova, Electric Machine (Dynamo Machine) (1913)
Goncharova, Forest (1913)
Goncharova, Cats (1913)
Larionov, Two Designs for Histoires Naturelles (1916)
Larionov, First design for Histoires Naturelles detail
Larionov, Second design for Histoires Naturelles detail
Goncharova, Set Design for The Golden Cockerel (1914)
 


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Topic 11

Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Suprematism

 
Photograph of Malevich (Kursk, 1900s)
Photograph of Malevich
Malevich, Relaxing. High Society in Top Hats (1905)
Malevich, Woman in Childbirth (1906)
Malevich, Man on the Boulevard (1910)
Malevich, Haycutting (1909-10)
Malevich, Morning in the Country after a Snowstorm (1911-12)
Malevich, Simultaneous Death of a Man in an Airplane and on the Railroad (1913)
Malevich, Englishman in Moscow (1913)
Malevich, Woman at an Advertisement Kiosk (1914)
Malevich, Set design for the Futurist opera Victory over the Sun (1913)
Malevich, Costume design for the Futurist opera Victory over the Sun (1913)
Malevich, Black Square (1915)
Photograph of the "0.10" exhibition (Petrograd, 1915)
Malevich, Suprematism (1915)
Malevich, Suprematism (with Eight Red Rectangles) (1915)
Malevich, Suprematism (Supremus No. 58. Yellow and Black) (1916)
Malevich, Suprematism (White on White) (1918)
Malevich, Suprematism ("Dissolution of Sensation") (1917-18)
Malevich, Book Cover for N. N. Punin's "First Cycle of Lectures" (1920)
Porcelain inspired by Malevich (ca. 1923)
Porcelain plate inspired by Malevich (ca. 1923)
Malevich, Arkhitekton (ca. 1923)
Malevich, Girl with a Comb (1932)
Malevich, Red Cavalry (1930)
Malevich, Portrait of Natal'ia (wife of Malevich) (1933)
Malevich, Sportsmen (1928-32)
Photograph of Malevich's tomb in Nemchinovka
 


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Topic 12

Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953) and the Notion of Construction

 
Photograph of Tatlin (1913)
Tatlin, Carnations (1908)
Tatlin, Nude (1910)
Tatlin, Costume design for the play Emperor Maximilian and His Son Adolf (1911)
Tatlin, Nude (1913)
Tatlin, Sailor (1912)
Picasso, Guitar (1912)
Kliun, Landscape Rushing Past (1913)
Tatlin, Painterly relief (1914)
Tatlin, Counter-relief (1916)
Tatlin, Corner relief (1917)
Tatlin, Corner relief (1917)
Tatlin, Model of Monument to the Third (Communist) International (1919-20)
Tatlin, Design for Monument to the Third (Communist) International (1919-20)
Butinone, Christ Disputing with Doctors (1500s)
Tatlin, Designs for a coat, a suit and a stove (1924)
Tatlin, Chair (1927)
Photograph of Tatlin (1932)
Tatlin, Design for glider (1932)
Glider designed by Tatlin (1932)
Tatlin, Stage design (1943)
 


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Topic 14

The Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917, Art and Politics

 
"Red Cossack" Train (1920)
"Red Star" Steamship (1920)
Moor, Red Army poster (1920)
Dismantling of Monument to Skobelev (1918)
Matveev, Karl Marx (1918)
Grizelli, Sophia Perovskaia (1918)
Smirnov, Beethoven (1918)
Zlatovratsky, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (1918)
Korolev, Mikhail Bakunin (1919)
Konenkov, Memorial plaque (1918)
Photograph of Lenin (1918)
Portrait of Lenin in rock ()
Riabinin, Fidel Castro (1963)
 


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Topic 15

Constructivism in Soviet Russia and the West

 
Tatlin, Counter-relief (1916)
Puni, Suprematist Sculpture (1915)
Rodchenko, Surface Spheres (1918)
Rodchenko, Spatial Construction (1) (1919)
Rodchenko, Spatial Construction (2) (1919)
Rodchenko, Spatial Construction (1921)
Rodchenko, Hanging Construction (1921)
Stenberg, Construction (1919)
Stenberg, Railroad Station (1905)
Rodchenko, Design for Pacifiers (1923)
Rodchenko, Design for Workers' Club for the Soviet pavilion at the Intl. Exhibition
      of Industrial and Decorative Arts (Paris, 1925)
Rodchenko, Portrait of Rodchenko's mother (1920s)
Rodchenko, Portrait of Maiakovsky (1924)
Rodchenko, Pine Trees (1927)
Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)
Rodchenko, House on Miasnitskaia Street (1925)
Rodchenko, Pioneer-Trumpeter (1930)
Rodchenko, Dive (1936)
Exter, Costume design for Aelita (1924)
Exter, Movie design for Aelita (1924)
Popova, Guitar (1917)
Popova, Architectonic Painting (1918)
Popova, Poster design for The Magnificent Cuckold (1922)
Stepanova, Design for football clothes (1923)
Popova, Textile design (1) (1923)
Popova, Textile design (2) (1923)
Popova, Dress design (1923-24)
Popova, Dress design (1923)


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Topic 16

El Lissitzky (1890-1941) and the New Design Movement

 
Lissitzky, Self-Portrait (1924)
Lissitzky, Scheme of Perspectives ()
Lissitzky, Tatlin at Work on the Monument to the Third International (1919-20)
Lissitzky, Proun 23, no. 6 (1919)
Lissitzky, Proun 99 (1924)
Lissitzky, Proun from the Kestner Portfolio (Hanover, 1923)
Magritte, Sense of Reality (1963)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, dedication page (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, title page (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 1 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 2 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 3 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 4 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 5 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 6 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 7 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, page 8 (1922)
Lissitzky, Illustration to children's book, Tale of Two Squares, back cover (1922)
Lissitzky, Design for so-called "Proun" room (1923)
Lissitzky, Design for an exhibition room, Dresden (1926)
Lissitzky, Design for the Abstract Cabinet (exhibition room), Hanover (1927) (1)
Lissitzky, Design for the Abstract Cabinet (exhibition room), Hanover (1927) (2)
Lissitzky, Design for the Abstract Cabinet (exhibition room), Hanover (1927) (3)
Lissitzky, Design for the Abstract Cabinet (exhibition room), Hanover (1927) (4)
Lissitzky, Three-dimensional window display for typewriter ribbon (1924)
Lissitzky, Design for skyscraper, Moscow (1924)
Lissitzky, Design for apartment (1934)
Lissitzky, Propaganda photograph (1938)
 


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Topic 17

Pavel Filonov (1883-1941): Defining Russian Expressionism

 
Filonov, The Hero and His Fate (1909-10)
Filonov, Two Boys (1909-10)
Filonov, Feast of Kings (1911-12)
Filonov, Beasts. Illustration to a transrational poem by Filonov (1913)
Filonov, Illustration to a book of Futurist poetry by Khlebnikov (1914)
Filonov, East and West (1914)
Filonov, Heads (1910)
Bosch, Christ Bearing the Cross (ca. 1515)
Filonov, Entry into the Prosperity of the World (1919-20)
Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1510)
Filonov, Head (1924)
Filonov, Heads (1924)
Filonov, Glory to Thee. Fresco for Cathedral of Annunciation, 15th c. ()
Filonov, Head and Thumb (1925-26)
Filonov, Untitled [1] (1930)
Filonov, Untitled [2] (1930)
Filonov, Petroglyphs in Siberia, 2000 B.C. ()
 

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