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Art History: Pavel Filonov

Ksenia Radchenko, Pavel Filonov: Between The Russian Folklore And The Northern Renaissance

Abstract:

This lecture is devoted to the theoretical and pictorial practice of one of the most mysterious artists of the Russian avant-garde, Pavel Filonov (1883-1941). Russian avant-garde has always been regarded as a unique artistic experiment inspired by the Revolutionary changes in the Russian society of the early XX-century. In this lecture, I propose to re-examine the stylistic and philosophical roots of Filonov’s art in order to understand the complexity and multi-dimensional character of Russian modernism. Filonov’s art, as it will be argued, can be characterized by the coexistence of the religious and folklore themes, the reflection of the advances in the modern science (X-ray, Darwin’s theory of evolution, genetic experiments), as well as the general fascination with the Renaissance artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Bosch, Durer, Breughel, and Holbein. We will analyze the depiction of body and death on Filonov’s canvases as corresponding to that of the artists of the Northern Renaissance, with their paraphrase of the medieval “Dance of Death.”

 

Date

Mar 05 2020
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Time

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cost

Free

Location

Schaeffer Seminar Room 210
RC Mills Building A26

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