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Moscow and St. Petersburg 1900-1920 Art, Life, and Culture of the Russian Silver Age

ISBN-10: 0865651841
ISBN-13: 9780865651845
Edition: N/A
Authors: John E. Bowlt
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Publisher: Vendome Press, The
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

Lavishly illustrated,Moscow & St. Petersburg 19001920is the quintessential guide to Russia's vibrant and influential Silver Age. In this elegantly written narrative survey, John E. Bowlt sheds new light on Russia's Silver Age, the period of artistic renaissance that flourished as Imperial Russia's power waned. Much of the creative energy could be attributed to the Symbolist movement, whose proponents sought to transcend the barriers of bourgeois civility and whose unconventional lifestyles led some critics to label them Decadents and Degenerates. But, as Sergei Diaghilev declared, theirs was not a moral or artistic decline, but a voyage of inner discovery and a reinvention of a national culture. Bowlt's richly textured volume focuses not only on Russia's best known artists from this periodDiaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and poet Anna Akhmatovabut also on lesser known movements of the periodexperimental theater, Nikolai Kalmakov's innovative painting, and the free dance practiced by followers of Duncan and Dalcroze.

Note to the Reader
Introduction
A Double-Headed Eagle: Russia, Land of Paradox
Azure Heights, Sapphire Depths: Philosophical Concepts of the Russian Silver Age
The Shock of the New: Technology, Science, Engineering
The Style Moderne: Russian Refractions of Art Nouveau
The World of Art: Sergei Diaghilev and His Circle
Flowers, Flowers to Cover the Tomb!: Blooms of Decadence
Body Art: Ballet, Theater, Cabaret, Nudism
Aesthetes and Barbarians: Apollo and the Suicide of Art
The Year 1913: Crossroads of Past and Future
Apocalypse Now: War, Revolution, and Cultural Centrifuge
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Further Reading
Index
Photo Credits

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