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Title :

Art, culture, and national identity in fin-de-siècle Europe; Cambridge; Cambridge University Press

Pride and prejudice : Serge Diaghilev, the Ballet Russes, and the French public

Author :
KENNEDY, Janet ;
Publication year :
2003
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Explores the debate over how Russian art could best represent the Russian nation, beginning in the 1860s with the realist painters known as the Peredvizhniki, championed by critic Vladimir Stasov, to the Saint Petersburg elite represented by Diaghilev and his circle. As editor of the journal Mir Iskusstva, Diaghilev campaigned to remedy the provincial status of Russian art by presenting an international perspective. One of the financial backers of the journal was the patron and collector of Russian folk art and music Savva Mamontov. From 1906 Diaghilev and Alexandre Benois promoted the idea of a 'European' Russia, through exhibitions, concerts, and ballet in Paris. The French, however, wanted the 'real' Russia rather than what was perceived as the 'Europeanized' culture of Saint Petersburg, and Diaghilev's Paris seasons had to include at least one ballet with a Russian flavor. During the 1911 and 1912 seasons several ballets on themes from classical antiquity were also included, with sets and costumes by Bakst. In 1914, Natalia Goncharova's designs for Le Coque d'or, reminiscent of Russian folk art, and dismissed by Benois as 'Asiatic,' were hugely admired by the French audience. The 'primitivism' of the simplified forms and color represented a shift in the conception of the Ballets Russes. While on the one hand this underscored Russian 'difference,' it was met with great critical acclaim in France. ;
Pagination/Size :
6 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Altérité ; Benois, Alexandre Nikolaevic, 1870-1960 ; Critique d'art ; Danse ; Djagilev, Sergej Pavlovic, 1872-1929 ; France ; Goncarova, Natalija Sergeevna, 1881-1962 ; Groupes et Sociétés d'artistes ; Identité nationale ; Mamontov, Savva Ivanovic, 1841-1918 ; Mir Iskusstva (groupe d'artistes) ; Mir Iskusstva (Sankt-Peterburg, 1899-1904) ; Mécénat ; Musique ; Peinture ; Peredvizniki (groupe d'artistes) ; Populaire (art) ; Primitivisme ; Revue d'art ; Réalisme ; Russie, Fédération de ; Scénographie ; Stasov, Vladimir Vasil'evic, 1824-1906 ; 1800-2000 ; 1860-1914 ;
Descriptors :
Alterity ; Art criticism ; Art periodicals ; Artists' groups and associations ; Benois, Alexandre Nikolaevic, 1870-1960 ; Dance ; Djagilev, Sergej Pavlovic, 1872-1929 ; Folk art ; France ; Goncarova, Natalija Sergeevna, 1881-1962 ; Mamontov, Savva Ivanovic, 1841-1918 ; Mir Iskusstva (artists' group) ; Mir Iskusstva (Sankt-Peterburg, 1899-1904) ; Music ; National identity ; Painting ; Patronage ; Peredvizniki (artists' group) ; Primitivism ; Realism ; Russian Federation ; Scenography ; Stasov, Vladimir Vasil'evic, 1824-1906 ; 1800-2000 ; 1860-1914 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24875602 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 0521815657 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;