Periods, Groups & Movements: Russian Art
(also see Il'ya Repin & Valentin Serov, Museums & Collections - European)
Russia!: Nine Hundred Years of Masterpieces and Master Collections by Mikhail Shwydkoi, James H. Billington (Introduction) – Hardcover: 426 pages Publisher: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (October 15, 2005)

Building upon 20 years of groundbreaking exhibitions of Russian avant-garde art--including The Great Utopia: Russian and Soviet Art 1915-1932 (1992) and Kazimir Malevich: Suprematism (2003), among others--the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents this blockbuster show, which demonstrates that Russia's contributions to world art history extends far beyond the early 20th century. Like the exhibition, this catalogue explores the vast and complex phenomenon embodied by the word "Russia" through the lens of the masterworks of Russian art from the 12th century to today, as well as art from the world-class collections amassed by Russian tsars and merchants from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The remarkable and interconnected history of Russian art and Russia's most important collections over nine centuries includes icons, portraiture in both painting and sculpture, social realist works since the 19th century, landscapes from all periods, pioneering abstraction, and experimental contemporary art. Librarian of Congress and renowned historian of Russia James Billington contributes the introductory essay, providing a context for the more specialized selections by Robert Rosenblum, Evgenia Petrova, Lidia Iovleva, Mikhail Allenov, Alexander Borovsky, Alexander Kostenevich, Valerie Hillings, and others. The book's design subtly evokes the six major periods covered--Medieval Russia (12th to 17th centuries), the epoch of Peter and Catherine (the 18th century), the 19th century, the early 20th century, the 1930s-1960s, and the 1970s to present. This scope makes Russia! one of the most comprehensive sources on the history of Russian art ever to be published in English. The companion publication, Russia! Catalogue of the Exhibition (opposite page), provides expanded and detailed, curatorial information for each work in the exhibition. Essays by James Billington, Lidia Iovleva, Robert Rosenblum, Mikhail Allenov, Alexander Borovsky, Alexander Kostenevich, Valerie Hillings, Evgenia Petrova and others. Clothbound, 9.25 x 10.5 in./450 pgs / 300 color.

Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Impressionism 1930-1970s Hardcover: 205 pages Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr (June 1994)

Soviet Impressionism by Vern Grosvenor Swanson – Hardcover: 206 pages Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club (June, 2001)

Socialist Realist Painting by Matthew Cullerne Bown – Hardcover, 528 pages (May 1998) Yale Univ Press

Bown's Socialist Realist Painting is two books in one. It represents a fascinating album of "official" 20th century Russian and Soviet art, ironically lavish in view of the art's anti-elitist ideological program. But the book is also a detailed narrative of the complex doctrinal struggles to define and impose the artistic ideals of Soviet socialism.

The Itinerants: The Masters of Russian Realism by Elena Nestorova – Hardcover, 240 pages, Fre-Eng-Ger edition, Parkstone Press, 1997

Reader review: I would highly recommend this book to any person who takes interest in Russian painting. "The Itinerants" is an excelently illustrated volume that provides invaluable information on Russian art of the end if 19th century. The number of reproductions is really very impressive. The Itinerants (The Peredvizhniki) were the most important movement in the history of Fine Arts in Russia of the late 1800s. Unfortunately, their art is not very well known in the United States. This book could be a great introduction.

Russian Painters: The Classics Years Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: June 25, 2002
Run Time: 50 minutes

As a serious artistic activity, Russian painting really dates only from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the Russian Symbolist poet Alexander Block put it, "Russian culture is a combination of cultures, we are a new country." Block's new country was actually synthetic and coldly calculated - created at the beginning of the eighteenth century with Peter the Great's westernization of Old Russia. This had often been carried out with great brutality. And in some ways so too had Peter's introduction of western culture, art, and architecture. Russian society was originally tribal and backward; its art was either primitive and decorative or religious. This episode presents numerous examples of paintings from this unique period in Russian history.

Russia!: Catalogue Of the Exhibition At The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Guggenheim Museum, Las Vegas Paperback: 89 pages Publisher: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (October 15, 2005)

Russia!: Catalogue of the Exhibition, provides a thorough representation of Russian art from the 12th century to today – including pieces from the world-class collections amassed by Russian tsars and merchants from the 18th through the 20th centuries. This detailed companion book to Russia! documents every piece in the exhibition with 300 thumbnail images. It also provides as a great tool for viewing the exhibition! The exhibition is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Paperback, 9.25 x 10.5 in./80 pgs / 300 color.

Russian Painting (Temporis Collection S.) by Peter Leek – Hardcover: 271 pages Publisher: Parkstone Press (October 2005)

Although touted as a major survey of Russian art, this is more of a coffee-table book than a research title. The 304 color illustrations are attractively reproduced and grouped into three main chapters: "From the 18th Century to the 1860s," "From the 1860s to the 1890s," and "From the 1890s to the Post-Revolutionary Period." Each chapter includes portraiture, historical painting, landscape, and still life among other painting types and trends. The brief chapter introductions and sparse text found amid the book's glorious images leave the reader wanting more information. Leek, who is never clearly identified, has simply tried to cover too much material. Because Leek attempts to include everyone from Karl Briullov (1799-1852) to Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), each of these influential artists is described in just a few sentences. A tighter focus would have been to this book's advantage. Marginally recommended for larger public and academic library art collections in need of Russian art images. —Jennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Russian Painters Box set, Color, NTSC
VHS Release Date: June 25, 2002
Run Time: 150 minutes
Number of tapes: 3

For the first time on video, this new three-part series presents a comprehensive and in-depth look at the art of Russia. This landmark series explores the vast riches of Russian art, and features over 400 painters and more than 1,000 paintings in color from museums and collections around the world. Includes: The Classic Years, The Impressionist Years, and The Years of Art Nouveau.

The Russian Impressionists (Schools & Movements) by Mikhail Guerman, Mikhali Guerman – Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Continental Sales (September 15, 1998)

From the late 19th to the early 20th century, a group of Russian artists broke away from academic tradition and painted images of Russian landscapes and figures in the French Impressionist style. However, as Russian art historian Guerman points out, the pain and suffering of Russian culture nobly portrayed in its literature is in stark contrast to the brightness and artistic freedom inherent in French Impressionism. Some 140 color illustrations selected from Russian museums and galleries allow readers to compare the two groups of artists. Seeing Russia as a backdrop for French Impressionism is certainly unusual. More importantly, says Guerman, the generally undistinguished works of the Russian group inspired such Russian avant-garde painters as Malevitch and Kandinsky. Although Guerman's ideas are thoughtfully presented, information about the artists is brief. Recommended for comprehensive art collections. —Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Russian and Soviet painting: An exhibition from the museums of the USSR presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Paperback: 165 pages Publisher: The Museum; trade edition distributed by Rizzoli International Publications (1977)

Russian Impressionism: Paintings, 1870-1970 by Gosudarstvennyi Russkii Muzei Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Kruglov, Kenneth MacInnes (Translator), Vladimir Lenyashin – Hardcover, 356 pages (November 2000) Harry N Abrams

Historic Treasures, Utopian Spirit Russian Impressionism 1930s ~ 1980s 1998 – Co-curated by the Fleischer Museum and Overland Gallery. Essay by Marissa Onheiber. Seems to only be available thru the Fleischer Museum.

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