Through the Glass Darkly: Images of Decadence in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Art

  title={Through the Glass Darkly: Images of Decadence in Early Twentieth-Century Russian Art},
  author={John E. Bowlt},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={110 - 93}
  • John E. Bowlt
  • Published 1 January 1982
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
was fascinated by prurience and necromancy, is now praised for his ’flexibility of feeling, mobility and dynamism of experience... a professional in the highest sense of the word’. 2 in spite of commendable efforts to rehabilitate the Russian Silver Age (art, literature and music of the period just before and after the 1917 Revolution), Soviet historians in particular still ignore the ’undesirable’ aspects of artists such as Lev Bakst, Alexandre Bemois, Boris Kustodiev, Somov, Sergei Sudeikin… Expand
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Mariia Iakunchikova and the Roots of Decadence in Late-Nineteenth-Century Russian Modernism
The word Decadence first appeared in Russian criticism in an 1889 article by Vladimir Grabar, a Hungarian-Russian law student studying in Paris who earned extra money by writing for a RussianExpand
Mythos and Eros in Fin de siecle russia: zinaida gippius' sexual revolution
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a B A (Hons) in History, 2006.


identified this sentiment with a number of writers and artists of the fin de siècle — a sentiment that he condemned
  • See V. Ivanov, Borozdy i mezhi, op. cit.,
  • 1980
14. 25. The most informative source on Somov is
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Dmitrievna Polenova (Moscow 1952); on Yakun- chikova see M
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Quoted from E. Gomberg-Verzhbinskaia, op. cit., 55. 47. Ibid
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Revoliutsiia 1905-1907 godov i izobrazitelnoe iskusstvo
  • (Moscow 1977),
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That there was a close interchange of ideas between the World of Art artists and the Simplicissimus group is demonstrated by many such parallels
  • There is a striking resemblance between Lancéray's picture Funeral Feast and the drawing called Chorus by Bruno Paul which appeared in Simplicissimus in 1898 (reproduced in Richard Christ, Simplicissimus
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Mir iskusstva
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Nachalo veka (Moscow-Leningrad 1933), 385. 45. For information, including many relevant illustrations, see V. Shleev, Revoliutsiia 1905-1907 godov i izobrazitelnoe iskusstvo
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