THE RUSSIAN CANVAS
Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881

ROSALIND P BLAKESLEY
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This volume charts the remarkable rise of Russian painting in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, and the nature of its relationship with other European schools, and details the professionalisation and wide-ranging activities of painters against a backdrop of dramatic social and political change. The Imperial Academy formalised artistic training but later became a foil for dissent, as successive generations of painters negotiated their own positions between pan-European engagement and local and national identities. The author reconsiders the work of major artists, revives the reputations of others, and explores the developments that took Russian painters from anonymity to international acclaim.