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By Robert Bird

Viacheslav Ivanov (1866–1949), the principal highbrow strength in Russian modernism, accomplished via his paintings an unique synthesis of Christianity, Platonism, and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. His robust mind exerted an immeasurable impact in modernist Russia and the early Soviet Union, and after emigrating to Italy in 1924 he performed an immense position in highbrow debates in Western Europe among the wars. lately, Ivanov's manifold contributions were well-known in all significant features of Russian tradition, together with poetry, literary conception, philosophy, and theology.

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.  

Outstanding educational identify, Choice Magazine
“[Bird’s] transparent causes of Ivanov’s rules and his proficient, insightful, astute readings of the poetic works make this ebook required analyzing for somebody attracted to smooth poetry, highbrow historical past, cultural reports, and philosophy of early twentieth century Russian and ecu notion. . . . Essential.”—Choice

“[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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