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Art and Revolution: Russian Art from the Romanovs to Stalin Rosamund Bartlett Thursday 14 November 2019

Before the Bolsheviks brought down the Tsarist Regime in 1917, Russian Artists staged a daring revolution of their own by radically changing the language of art. Their new position as leaders of the European Avant-garde continued in the new conditions of Soviet Russia after 1917.

This day of lectures will explore the history of Russian painting from the Tsarist regime until the Totalitarianism of the 1930’s, focusing on the relentless experimentation which gave birth to movements such as suprematism and constructivism. Some major Russian artists like Goncharova and Roerich chose to remain in emigration in the hope of one day returning to Russia. Others like Kandinsky, Chagall and Malevich, went on to play a leading role in early Soviet culture alongside Tatlin, Rodchenko and Stepanova, amidst utopian hopes for a bright future continued in the new conditions of Soviet Russia after 1917.

Rosamund Bartlett has a doctorate from Oxford University and is an authority on the cultural history of Russia. She has written biographies on Chekhov and Tolstoy as well as having translated Chekhov and an edition of Anna Karenina. She has contributed to various publications and is currently wring a history of Russian Modernism.

This should be a fascinating Study day on a turbulent and influential period of history and we hope will inspire more of you to try a Study Day.