Between Two Worlds: Early Russian Modernism c. 1907-20

Missed this event? Click here to have a look at the powerpoint slides; you can download the lecture and listen by clicking the link.


Natalia Goncharova, Rabbi with Cat, 1912, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

I will be giving a lecture this coming Monday, the 18th January, at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The subject is the development of early modernism in Russian art. I will be focusing particularly on the work of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, but will also consider Lyubov Popova, Kazimir Malevich and El Lissitzky.

It is a fascinating period in the history of Russian art and society. It is not just a lecture about the end of Tsarism and the dawning of the Bolshevik era, but also a series of much broader debates that still animate contemporary Russian society; the battle between East and West; between Slavophiles and internationalists; between competing utopian visions of a future society’s art; of the role played by “popular” art forms such as the lubok and the religious icon, in the development of a new marketplace for new and experimental forms of painting.

Kazimir Malevich, The Knife-Grinder 1912-13. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.


The lecture is free to attend and begins at 1245 in the Hawthonden lecture theatre. I will add a sound file and the powerpoint slides on here afterwards if anyone would like to hear this talk, but can’t come.

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