Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia’s Silver Age


Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia’s Silver Age explores the era of 1900-1920, when arts and culture flourished in Russia. An impeccably written, sumptuously illustrated book.

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The history of Russia has seesawed through the centuries between Europe and Asia. In this dichotomy, St Petersburg looked west and Moscow looked east. Power moved between the two cities; the Tsars were crowned in Moscow yet ruled from St Petersburg. But at the turn of the 20th century, just before Tsarist Russia came tumbling down, both cities experienced a sudden, brilliant flowering of the visual, literary and performing arts. Known in Russia as the Silver Age, this cultural renaissance is captured by John E. Bowlt in all its dazzling originality. From the unprecedented synthesis of the arts in the productions of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to Stanislavsky’s groundbreaking stagings of Chekov, to Malevich’s revolutionary Black Square.

John Ellis Bowlt (born 1943) is an English art historian specialising in Russian avant garde art of 1900-1930. He is a professor at the University of Southern California and directs its Institute of Modern Russian Culture. He has published extensively on Russian avant garde art, including a catalogue on Kazimir Malevich. He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and Fulbright-Hays Awards.

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John. E. Bowlt



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January 2021


Thames & Hudson




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