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Arts and Crafts in Late Imperial Russia is the first account of the revival of Russia's Kustar art industries from their origins in the populist debates and philanthropic impulses of the early 1870s to their climax in 1913, with the display of their achievements at the Second All-Russian Kustar Exhibition in St Petersburg. This study uncovers the complex motivations that lead a broad cross-section of educated Russian society to devote their money, energy, and artistic skills to save Kustar arts and crafts from extinction by adapting them to satisfy the tastes of a new, well-to-do urban consumer. Focusing on the four major centres of Kustar art production, it also examines the role of the professional artist in the creative life of the peasant artist, the place of traditional culture in modern society, and the ways in which traditional gender roles affected the production of Kustar crafts.Read more
- First account in any language of Russia's arts and crafts movement
- Examines the interactions between the world of high art in Russia and a peasant culture confronting modernisation
- Adds an important new context for our understanding of the World of Art group, the Ballets Russes, Neo-Primitivism, and Constructivism
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- Date Published: August 1996
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521415767
- length: 288 pages
- dimensions: 261 x 184 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.935kg
- contains: 54 b/w illus. 1 map
- availability: Unavailable - out of print August 2005
Table of Contents
1. The Abramtsevo workshops
2. The Solomenko workshops
3. The Moscow Kustar museum and the Sergei Posad workshops
4. Princess Maria Tenisheva and the Talashkino workshops
5. Between two revolutions: the Kustar art industries 1905–1917.
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