Artists (Classic)

For the purposes of this site, we have defined “classic” artists as those that spent most of their careers before 1953. We have chosen this date as, first, a generational marker. Many late-tsarist artists continued working after the revolution, while many late-Soviet artists are still working today. Those whose careers date before 1953 are more likely to be known abroad (the anti-communist movement in the US happed about this time which made all things from the USSR essentially toxic) and less likely to be working today (due simply to the process of aging). In preparing material for this section, we have tried to concentrate mostly on specific aspects of their works that may not be as well covered in English.

Dueling Demons: Mikhail Vrubel’s Demon Seated and Demon Downcast

The Demon, as presented in art, has become a theme often employed to represent a madness that has developed within the artist. This demon can serve as both a muse and a destructive force for the artist who cannot find a means to control it. Mikhail Vrubel looked to the Demon throughout his life; adapting […]

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