By Robert Bird
In The Russian Prospero, Robert fowl uncovers the rules of Ivanov's poetic and theoretical universe, lines its evolution, and explores its connections to cultural and highbrow currents in overseas modernism. mixing an in depth interpreting of Ivanov's paintings with a considerate research of his position inside of twentieth-century proposal, poultry unearths that Ivanov's ecstatic artistic psychology leads on to a attention of historical past as a continuum of human interpretive task, and to a notion of paintings as a historic strength. He emphasizes and dramatizes Ivanov's quest to harness the ability of artwork and use it on concrete life-situations. it's the hassle of Prospero, who needs to unencumber his attendant spirit Ariel so that it will restoration complete sovereignty over his personal artistic self and to regain moral company. The efficient pressure that resulted from Ivanov's fight was once a extraordinary strength in Russian modernism and is still a strong spur for our personal reflections on modernity.
“[Bird] makes a welcome contribution to our figuring out of Russian modernism in its broader eu context . . . . during this venture he has not just succeeded admirably, yet will certainly motivate others to stick with him.”—Pamela Davidson, The Russian Review
“The such a lot finished total therapy of Ivanov’s paintings to date.”—David N. Wells, The Slavic and East eu Journal
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