Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art

This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.

Author: Louise Hardiman

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In 1911 Vasily Kandinsky published the first edition of 'On the Spiritual in Art', a landmark modernist treatise in which he sought to reframe the meaning of art and the true role of the artist. For many artists of late Imperial Russia - a culture deeply influenced by the regime's adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy centuries before - questions of religion and spirituality were of paramount importance. As artists and the wider art community experimented with new ideas and interpretations at the dawn of the twentieth century, their relationship with 'the spiritual' - broadly defined - was inextricably linked to their roles as pioneers of modernism. This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia. Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives enriches our understanding of the modernist period and breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, it offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions.
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Author: Louise Hardiman

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In 1911 Vasily Kandinsky published the first edition of 'On the Spiritual in Art', a landmark modernist treatise in which he sought to reframe the meaning of art and the true role of the artist. For many artists of late Imperial Russia - a culture deeply influenced by the regime's adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy centuries before - questions of religion and spirituality were of paramount importance. As artists and the wider art community experimented with new ideas and interpretations at the dawn of the twentieth century, their relationship with 'the spiritual' - broadly defined - was inextricably linked to their roles as pioneers of modernism.This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia.Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives enriches our understanding of the modernist period and breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, it offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions. This work was published by Saint Philip Street Press pursuant to a Creative Commons license permitting commercial use. All rights not granted by the work's license are retained by the author or authors.
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Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art

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Author: Sebastian Borkhardt

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ISBN: 9791036509674

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In 1911 Vasily Kandinsky published the first edition of 'On the Spiritual in Art', a landmark modernist treatise in which he sought to reframe the meaning of art and the true role of the artist. For many artists of late Imperial Russia - a culture deeply influenced by the regime's adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy centuries before - questions of religion and spirituality were of paramount importance. As artists and the wider art community experimented with new ideas and interpretations at the dawn of the twentieth century, their relationship with 'the spiritual' - broadly defined - was inextricably linked to their roles as pioneers of modernism. This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia. Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives enriches our understanding of the modernist period and breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, it offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions. The publication of this volume has been made possible by a grant from the Scouloudi Foundation in...
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Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art

Introduction: Modernism. and. the. Spiritual. in. Russian. Art. Louise. Hardiman. and. Nicola. Kozicharow ... Clement Greenberg1 In his 1961 text 'Modernist Painting' and other writings since, renowned art critic Clement Greenberg ...

Author: Louise Hardiman

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In 1911 Vasily Kandinsky published the first edition of ‘On the Spiritual in Art’, a landmark modernist treatise in which he sought to reframe the meaning of art and the true role of the artist. For many artists of late Imperial Russia – a culture deeply influenced by the regime’s adoption of Byzantine Orthodoxy centuries before – questions of religion and spirituality were of paramount importance. As artists and the wider art community experimented with new ideas and interpretations at the dawn of the twentieth century, their relationship with ‘the spiritual’ – broadly defined – was inextricably linked to their roles as pioneers of modernism. This diverse collection of essays introduces new and stimulating approaches to the ongoing debate as to how Russian artistic modernism engaged with questions of spirituality in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Ten chapters from emerging and established voices offer new perspectives on Kandinsky and other familiar names, such as Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, and introduce less well-known figures, such as the Georgian artists Ucha Japaridze and Lado Gudiashvili, and the craftswoman and art promoter Aleksandra Pogosskaia. Prefaced by a lively and informative introduction by Louise Hardiman and Nicola Kozicharow that sets these perspectives in their historical and critical context, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art: New Perspectives enriches our understanding of the modernist period and breaks new ground in its re-examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the visual arts in late Imperial Russia. Of interest to historians and enthusiasts of Russian art, culture, and religion, and those of international modernism and the avant-garde, it offers innovative readings of a history only partially explored, revealing uncharted corners and challenging long-held assumptions.
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New Narratives of Russian and East European Art

Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2017. Havasréti, József. Alternatív regiszterek. A kulturálisellenállás formáia magyar neoavantgárdban. Budapest: Typotex, 2006. Hay, Jonathan.

Author: Galina Mardilovich

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429639784

Category: Art

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This book brings together thirteen scholars to introduce the newest and most cutting-edge research in the field of Russian and East European art history. Reconsidering canonical figures, re-examining prevalent debates, and revisiting aesthetic developments, the book challenges accepted histories and entrenched dichotomies in art and architecture from the nineteenth century to the present. In doing so, it resituates the artistic production of this region within broader socio-cultural currents and analyzes its interconnections with international discourse, competing political and aesthetic ideologies, and continuous discussions over identity.
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The Iconology of Abstraction

Formerly at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; sold to private collection on May 11, 2000 (Phillips Auctioneers). 10 Peter Murray and Linda Murray, The Oxford Companion to Christian Art ... Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art ...

Author: Krešimir Purgar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429557576

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This book uncovers how we make meaning of abstraction, both historically and in present times, and examines abstract images as a visual language. The contributors demonstrate that abstraction is not primarily an artistic phenomenon, but rather arises from human beings’ desire to imagine, understand and communicate complex, ineffable concepts in fields ranging from fine art and philosophy to technologies of data visualization, from cartography and medicine to astronomy. The book will be of interest to scholars working in image studies, visual studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics.
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Patterns of Russia

Various themes and periods: on eighteenth- to nineteenth-century painting, R. Blakesley, The Russian Canvas (New Haven, CT , 2016); L. Hardiman and N. Kozicharov, eds, Modernism and the Spiritual in Russian Art (Cambridge, ...

Author: Robin Milner-Gulland

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789142648

Category: History

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This book provides a remarkable overview of significant themes in Russian history and culture, in each case starting well before the eighteenth century, while frequently following them up into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Robin Milner-Gulland shows how the public face of Russia developed and evolved through its distinct architecture, astonishing art, and its varied public spaces. What emerges is a clear picture of how Russians fashioned their identity, and the national monuments associated with it, in their setting: the Russian natural landscape as well as distinctive elements of traditional material culture. Tellingly illustrated, concise and free of jargon, Patterns of Russia will appeal to all those with an interest in the history and culture of this complex—and much discussed—country.
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Raymond Jonson and the Spiritual in Modernist and Abstract Painting

New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1994. Bowlt, John E., and Rose-Carol Washton Long. The Life of Vasilii Kandinsky in Russian Art: A Study of “On the Spiritual in Art.” Newtonville, MA: Oriental Research Partners, 1984.

Author: Herbert R. Hartel, Jr.

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351778022

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This is the most thorough and detailed monograph on the artwork of Raymond Jonson. He is one of many artists of the first half of the twentieth-century who demonstrate the richness and diversity of an under-appreciated period in the history of American art. Visualizing the spiritual was one of the fundamental goals of early abstract painting in the years before and during World War I. Artists turned to alternative spirituality, the occult, and mysticism, believing that the pure use of line, shape, color, light and texture could convey spiritual insight. Jonson was steadfastly dedicated to this goal for most of his career and he always believed that modernist and abstract styles were the most effective and compelling means of achieving it.
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Modernism and Theology

... and the Cathedral of St Sophia in Veliky Novgorod.100 They both penned essays on Russian art that discussed the aesthetic and spiritual aspects of the Orthodox icon. Andreas-Salomé's 'The Russian Holy Icon and Its Poet' ('Das ...

Author: Joanna Rzepa

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030615307

Category: Literary Criticism

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This is the first book-length study to examine the interface between literary and theological modernisms. It provides a comprehensive account of literary responses to the modernist crisis in Christian theology from a transnational and interdenominational perspective. It offers a cultural history of the period, considering a wide range of literary and historical sources, including novels, drama, poetry, literary criticism, encyclicals, theological and philosophical treatises, periodical publications, and wartime propaganda. By contextualising literary modernism within the cultural, religious, and political landscape, the book reveals fundamental yet largely forgotten connections between literary and theological modernisms. It shows that early-twentieth-century authors, poets, and critics, including Rainer Maria Rilke, T. S. Eliot, and Czesław Miłosz, actively engaged with the debates between modernist and neo-scholastic theologians raging across Europe. These debates contributed to developing new ways of thinking about the relationship between religion and literature, and informed contemporary critical writings on aesthetics and poetics.
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Handbook of Russian Literature

That Tolstoi is the seer of the flesh and Dostoevsky the seer of the spirit explains many aspects of their work . ... The term modernism as applied to the context of Russian art and literature is a complex one .

Author: Victor Terras

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300048688

Category: Literary Criticism

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Profiles the careers of Russian authors, scholars, and critics and discusses the history of the Russian treatment of literary genres such as drama, fiction, and essays
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Reframing Russian Modernism

were laid by Vladimir Solovyov—that artistic creation provided the means for uniting the worlds of spirit and matter. ... individual and society, and art and life that occupied many in the vanguard of Russian modernism.

Author: Irina Shevelenko

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ISBN: 9780299320409

Category: Literary Criticism

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Presents modernism in Russia through the lens of its engagement with politics, science, religion, and other social practices. In the early twentieth century, when many Russian social institutions looked to the past, modernist arts powerfully amplified a gamut of new ideas about individual and collective transformation.
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In Search of Russian Modernism

Russia's cataclysms had not sired “the revolution of the spirit,” frustrating the hope of a radical change in the ... That art seemed exhausted by the metaphysical demagoguery of early modernism and the disruptive experimentalism of ...

Author: Leonid Livak

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 9781421426419

Category: Literary Criticism

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Aiming to open an overdue debate about the academic fields of Russian and transnational modernist studies, this book is intended for an audience of scholars in comparative literary and cultural studies, specialists in Russian and transnational modernism, and researchers engaged with European cultural historiography.
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Byzantium Modernism

In Russia, analogies between modernist and contemporary art history are finely tuned. Although Greenberg's interest eventually was limited to the semiotics peculiar to the icon, the match between materiality and spiritual ...

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004300019

Category: History

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Byzantium/Modernism examines the cross-temporal interchange between Byzantium and modernism and articulates how and why Byzantine art and image theory can contribute to our understanding of modern and contemporary visual culture.
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Russia s Dangerous Texts

assertion that transrational (zaumnyi) verse like “dyr bul shchyl” contained “more of the Russian national spirit than . . . all of Pushkin” carried no weight here.97 Modernism, especially in art, literature, and music, was said to have ...

Author: Kathleen F. Parthe

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300138221

Category: History

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Russia’s Dangerous Texts examines the ways that writers and their works unnerved and irritated Russia’s authoritarian rulers both before and after the Revolution. Kathleen F. Parthé identifies ten historically powerful beliefs about literature and politics in Russia, which include a view of the artistic text as national territory, and the belief that writers must avoid all contact with the state. Parthé offers a compelling analysis of the power of Russian literature to shape national identity despite sustained efforts to silence authors deemed subversive. No amount of repression could prevent the production, distribution, and discussion of texts outside official channels. Along with tragic stories of lost manuscripts and persecuted writers, there is ample evidence of an unbroken thread of political discourse through art. The book concludes with a consideration of the impact of two centuries of dangerous texts on post-Soviet Russia.
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Russian Literature Modernism and the Visual Arts

Both these Picasso paintings were held in Sergei Shchukin's collection in Moscow , one of the most important holdings of modernist art in Europe.15 Picasso's ' cubist mode influenced Russian artists directly : as Beverly Kean has ...

Author: Catriona Kelly

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521661919

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book, first published in 2000, gives an account of the interplay between literary and visual culture in the Russian modernist era.
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Between Tradition and Modernity The Influence of Western European and Russian Art on Revolutionary China

Without abolishing traditional conventions, prevalent in the pictorial compositions of classical Guohua paintings, theirforms were ... critiques accused them, however,of perverting the spiritual valuesof Guohua188 (App. 3031).

Author: Jonas Gerwing

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783735752130

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The main concern of this culture-historical study consists in the critical analysis of the evolution and development of Modern art in China following the demise of the Qing-dynasty (1911) up to the ideological dissociation of the People’s Republic from the Soviet Union during “the Great Leap Forward” (1958-62). Hereby, the focus will be put on illustrating different analytical approaches in order to understand the mechanisms of producing national culture and arts in China of the first half of the 20th century. Relating to the given topic of this analysis, the process of remodeling or modernizing Chinese national identity uttered the essential question of how artistic and cultural traditions should be perceived by the people in the future. The question remains if a specific (national) cultural identity can be created without the preservation of or self-reference to cultural heritages of the nation’s past. Following Communist ideological reasoning, the collective national identity of the Chinese society should be remodeled in the manners of Socialism. Cultural spheres created by arts and literature should, therefore, accelerate the people’s transition towards a ‘classless’ society. In its historical appearance, Mao's interpretation and perception of 'Socialism' had a lasting effect on defining or limiting the society’s collective (national) identity.
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Bergson and Russian Modernism 1900 1930

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Lissitzkii , El . 1976. “ Suprematism in World Reconstruction , 1920. ” In Russian Art of the Avant - Garde : Theory and Criticism , 1902–1934 , edited and translated by John E. Bowlt , 151-58 .

Author: Hilary L. Fink

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810116103

Category: Performing Arts

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This study focuses on the Russian modernist attraction to Bergson's notions of duration and intuition, his unbridled optimism in both art and life, and his belief in the individual's creative power.
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A People Passing Rude

Between Tenisheva's extensive Russian section of 1908 and Kandinskii's final participation in 1913, ... between the neo-national school of modernism favoured by Tenisheva and the art of the emerging avantgarde artists Kandinskii, ...

Author: Anthony Cross

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781909254107

Category: Literary Criticism

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"The essays in this stimulating collection attest to the scope and variety of Russia's influence on British culture. They move from the early nineteenth century -- when Byron sent his hero Don Juan to meet Catherine the Great, and an English critic sought to come to terms with the challenge of Pushkin -- to a series of Russian-themed exhibitions at venues including the Crystal Palace and Earls Court. The collection looks at British encounters with Russian music, the absorption with Dostoevskii and Chekhov, and finishes by shedding light on Britain's engagement with Soviet film."--Back cover.
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Max Liebermann and International Modernism

An Artist's Career from Empire to Third Reich German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.) Marion Deshmukh, ... was also well known in Russia.58 Turning to Serov, the Russian painter's spiritual development was also, like Liebermann's ...

Author: Marion Deshmukh

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845456627

Category: Art

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Although Max Liebermann (1847–1935) began his career as a realist painter depicting scenes of rural labor, Dutch village life, and the countryside, by the turn of the century, his paintings had evolved into colorful images of bourgeois life and leisure that critics associated with French impressionism. During a time of increasing German nationalism, his paintings and cultural politics sparked numerous aesthetic and political controversies. His eminent career and his reputation intersected with the dramatic and violent events of modern German history from the Empire to the Third Reich. The Nazis' persecution of modern and Jewish artists led to the obliteration of Liebermann from the narratives of modern art, but this volume contributes to the recent wave of scholarly literature that works to recover his role and his oeuvre from an international perspective.
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Literature Redeemed

3.1 Spiritual Seeking Russian modernism shared many key aspects with Western modernism , such as the aesthetic ... what characterized the creativity of Russian modernism more than anything else was that art and literature were felt to ...

Author: Nicolas Dreyer

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783412500092

Category: Literary Criticism

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In the post-Soviet period, discussions of “postmodernism” in Russian literature have proliferated. Based on close literary analysis of representative works of fiction by three post-Soviet Russian writers – Vladimir Sorokin, Vladimir Tuchkov and Aleksandr Khurgin – this book investigates the usefulness and accuracy of the notion of “postmodernism” in the post-Soviet context. Classic Russian literature, renowned for its pursuit of aesthetic, moral and social values, and the modernism that succeeded it have often been seen as antipodes to postmodernist principles. The author wishes to dispute this polarity and proposes “post-Soviet neo-modernism” as an alternative concept. “Neo-modernism” embodies the notion that post-Soviet writers have redeemed the tendency of earlier literature to seek the meaning of human existence in a transcendent realm, as well as in the treasures of Russia’s cultural past.
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