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CamRuSS Russian History & Arts lecture series. Talk 4: “The Peredvizhniki: A National School of Russian Painting?” by Dr Nicky Kozicharow

Thursday 11 June, 2020, 19:00 - 20:30


Vasily Surikov, Morning of Execution of Streltsy, 1881

We are pleased to inform you that Dr Nicky Kozicharow kindly agreed to deliver this talk online.

This lecture gives a broad overview of Russian realism in the late 19th century through the Association of Travelling Art Exhibition (known as the Peredvizhniki or Wanderers). This talented group of artists, who included Ilya Repin and Ivan Kramskoy, sought freedom from the bureaucratic control of the Imperial Academy of Arts. In an effort to reach new audiences and market their work directly, the Peredvizhniki organised a series of travelling art exhibitions around Russia from 1871 onwards. This lecture will explore their rich artistic output in the areas of portraiture, landscape, history painting, religious painting, and genre painting, their extraordinary popularity with the Russian public, and the important role critics and collectors played in their success.

Language: English

Tickets: FREE*

*there is no charge for this lecture, but we would welcome any donation you would like to make towards support of our efforts in bringing more speakers and lectures online during the lock down and social distancing time.

You can send your donation by a direct bank transfer (BACS) to the following account:
Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society
NATWEST Bank, Sort code: 60-11-30
Account: 18120466

Please email camruss@camruss.com if you have any questions.

How to join this online lecture:
Please register via this Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdO6orzwqH91_rNISYQEgJMCEJdRMpkz2 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Bibliography and Further Reading:

Rosalind P. Blakesley, The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.

Molly Brunson, Russian Realism, DeKalb: NIU press, 2016.

Molly Brunson, ‘Painting History, Realistically’ in Blakesley, R. P. and Samu, M. (eds), From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture, DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014, pp. 94-110.

Christopher Ely, This Meager Nature: Landscape and Identity in Imperial Russia, DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002, pp. 134-229.

David Jackson, The Wanderers and Critical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Russian Painting, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.

Averil King, Isaak Levitan: Lyrical Landscape, Antique Collectors’ Club, 2011.

Andrey Shabanov, Rediscovering the Peredvizhniki of Late Imperial Russia, New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Elizabeth Valkenier, Russian Realist Art, The State and Society: The Peredvizhniki and Their Tradition (Studies of the Harriman Institute), New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.


Thursday 11 June, 2020
19:00 - 20:30
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