The Art of Russia

Ref: C2346546

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The Russian lands have a rich and distinctive tradition of art and architecture stretching back over a thousand years. The fascination of this subject derives from Russia’s unique cultural history. At times it has followed a distinctive path and at times it has been strongly influenced by the art of both the East and the West. While the painting of icons and the architecture and decoration of churches present a vision of timelessness, this can be deceptive. Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Russia was the source of successive avant garde movements. Artists from Russia, such as Kandinsky, Malevich and Chagall had a pivotal impact on the development of Modernism. This course presents a chronological survey of Russian Art, tracing enduring themes and characteristics. It identifies significant periods of change and development for focus. The programme also includes sessions devoted to individual artists whose avant garde works exerted a lasting influence.

Course aim

To enable greater knowledge and appreciation of the range of art created in Russia, the development of this art over time and the factors which influenced it, as well as an overview of the the lives and contribution of significant individual artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise factors which make the development of art in Russia distinctive.
  • Identify key themes, characteristics, artists and movements in Russian art.
  • Assess the contribution of the art of the Russian lands to European avant garde culture.
  • Develop your skills in the close analysis of works of art and discussion of their content and context.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Students may want to bring their own materials for note making.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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The Art of Russia

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