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By Robert Bird

Viacheslav Ivanov (1866–1949), the valuable highbrow strength in Russian modernism, completed via his paintings an unique synthesis of Christianity, Platonism, and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. His strong mind exerted an immeasurable effect in modernist Russia and the early Soviet Union, and after emigrating to Italy in 1924 he performed an incredible function in highbrow debates in Western Europe among the wars. in recent times, Ivanov's manifold contributions were well-known in all significant facets of Russian tradition, together with poetry, literary conception, philosophy, and theology.

In The Russian Prospero, Robert chook uncovers the principles of Ivanov's poetic and theoretical universe, strains its evolution, and explores its connections to cultural and highbrow currents in overseas modernism. mixing a detailed analyzing of Ivanov's paintings with a considerate research of his position inside of twentieth-century concept, poultry reveals that Ivanov's ecstatic artistic psychology leads on to a attention of heritage as a continuum of human interpretive task, and to a perception of paintings as a ancient strength. He emphasizes and dramatizes Ivanov's quest to harness the facility of artwork and use it on concrete life-situations. it's the quandary of Prospero, who needs to unencumber his attendant spirit Ariel which will fix complete sovereignty over his personal artistic self and to regain moral enterprise. The efficient pressure that resulted from Ivanov's fight was once a notable strength in Russian modernism and continues to be a robust spur for our personal reflections on modernity.  

Outstanding educational name, Choice Magazine
“[Bird’s] transparent causes of Ivanov’s rules and his expert, insightful, astute readings of the poetic works make this booklet required analyzing for an individual drawn to smooth poetry, highbrow background, cultural stories, and philosophy of early twentieth century Russian and eu inspiration. . . . Essential.”—Choice

“[Bird] makes a welcome contribution to our realizing of Russian modernism in its broader ecu context . . . . during this venture he has not just succeeded admirably, yet will absolutely encourage others to persist with him.”—Pamela Davidson, The Russian Review

“The so much finished total therapy of Ivanov’s paintings to date.”—David N. Wells, The Slavic and East ecu Journal

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