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New Book | The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia

Posted in books by Editor on April 6, 2016

From Yale UP:

Rosalind P. Blakesley, The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757–1881 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), 380 pages, ISBN: 978-0300184372, $75.

9780300184372The Russian Canvas charts the remarkable rise of Russian painting in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the nature of its relationship with other European schools. Starting with the foundation of the Imperial Academy of the Arts in 1757 and culminating with the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, it details the professionalization and wide-ranging activities of painters against a backdrop of dramatic social and political change. The Imperial Academy formalized artistic training but later became a foil for dissent, as successive generations of painters negotiated their own positions between pan-European engagement and local and national identities. Drawing on original archival research, this groundbreaking book recontextualizes the work of major artists, revives the reputations of others, and explores the complex developments that took Russian painters from provincial anonymity to international acclaim.

Rosalind P. Blakesley is reader in Russian and European art at the University of Cambridge.

Blakesley is also the curator of the exhibition now on view at London’s National Portrait Gallery Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky (17 March — 26 June), which addresses the period from 1867 to 1914.

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