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November 27, 2019 / Irene2468

At the Newberry in 2020: Russian Realist Painting and Literature (1840s – 1890s)

Ilya Repin, The Icon-Bearing Procession in Kursk Province, 1883

Ilya Repin. The Icon-Bearing Procession in Kursk Province, 1883


This spring at the Newberry, I invite you to join me in exploring the emergence and development of the Russian tradition of realism in the sister arts of painting and literature, each of which succeeded in retaining their independence while remaining close and influencing each other. The Russian realist tradition spans over half a century from the projects of the Natural school in the 1840s to the mature masterpieces of Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the painters of the Wanderers (Peredvizhniki).

The seminar will emphasize short lectures and group discussions. We will focus on close textual and visual analysis of paintings and stories over a period of six meetings, supplemented by biographical, historical, cultural, and critical information introduced by the seminar leader at each meeting.

We will meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to noon starting on February 29, 2020, and ending on April 18, 2019. Sign-up begins on the Newberry’s website on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 starting at 9:00 am. An early registration discount is offered through 4:00 pm on January 24. To read the complete seminar outline, including the reading assignments, click here.