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Lavishly illustrated,Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920is 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 period--Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and poet Anna Akhmatova--but also on lesser known movements of the period--experimental theater, Nikolai Kalmakov's innovative painting, and the free dance practiced by followers of Duncan and Dalcroze.
John E. Bowlt is a specialist in Russian art history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and has authored books on Symbolism, the avant-garde, and Socialist Realism. He has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions and is currently a professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Note to the Reader
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
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
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