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RUSSIAN ART AND THE REVOLUTION Marie-Anne Mancio Monday 26 November 2018

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio  trained as an artist before gaining a PhD in Art and Critical Theory from the University of Sussex. She has lectured in art history for the City Lit, Tate Modern, the Course, Art in London, London Art Salon, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Nth Degree Club and many private art societies; she also runs art history study tours abroad. 

In the years leading up to the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicolas and his wife Alexandra commissioned a host of extraordinary items for the Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, including the famed Faberge Easter Eggs. 

During this pre-revolutionary time the artistic movement was reacting against the mythological subjects of the past and moving more towards realism. Having seen work by, among others, Matisse and Picasso, artists were emboldened to create their own styles.

Gradually art came to be seen as bourgeois and needed to have a practical application such as would be evident in posters, fashion and theatres. This was an exciting and inventive period, “fascinating and vital”, but during Stalin’s reign there was a return to figurative painting with clear propaganda intent.

Learn how all these styles, influences and beliefs developed to bring us where we are today.