Russian Art: From Royalty to Revolution
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB120
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This weekend art history course covers the period from in Russian art from the mid-nineteenth century through to 1917.
Whilst the eighteenth century saw the westernisation of Russia, the nineteenth ushered in a series of artistic movements that drew on Russian folklore, national tradition, and craft. By 1870, the Peredvizhniki or 'Wanderers' were actively challenging the Academy and striving for social change and realism in painting. Explore their innovations through artists like Ilya Repin, Alexei Savrasov, and Fyodor Vasilyev and then trace how they themselves were superseded in 1898 by the new Mir iskusstva 'World of Art'. The latter included Mikhail Vrubel, Nesterov, Levitan, and Diaghilev and drew on international movements like Art Nouveau and Rococo artists like Watteau.
The years prior to the 1917 Russian Revolution saw some of the most avant-garde art practices in Europe. Key patrons like Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov built collections and artists were divided between following the European path or asserting an art with a more Russian aesthetic. Practitioners included Natalia Goncharova, Kandinsky, Chagall, and Malevich, creator of Suprematism and the infamous ‘Black Square.’.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The art of the Academy; artists who opposed it such as the Peredvizhniki; key works
• The Mir iskusstva and their links to western art movements
• Avant-garde artists, patrons, and movements 1900 to 1917 including Cubo-Futurism, Februarism, Malevich, Knave of Diamonds, Rayonism, abstraction, Goncharova, Chagall, Kandinsky.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe how the politics of Russia from the mid C19th to 1917 affected the production of art
• Recognise the works of key artists and differentiate between movements/styles such as Mir iskusstva and Suprematism
• Participate in discussions around key works of art in relation to theories of avant-gardism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and a group discussion. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our Russian Art Courses come in both short and slightly longer formats, please note there may be some overlap between the two. Therefore we recommend:
Either VB510 The art of 19th century Russia –for those who want a short introductory lecture, OR VB120 Russian Art: From Royalty to Revolution , for those who want a slightly longer course.
Either VB121 Art of the Russian Revolution - for those who want a short introductory lecture, OR VB509 Russian Art: from the Revolution to Putin's Presidency.
Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.