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Russian Folk Art surveys the traditions, styles, and functions of the many objects made by Russian peasant artists and artisans. Placing the objects within the settings in which folk artists worked--the peasant household, the village, and the local market--Alison Hilton discusses the principal media artists employed and the items they produced, from dippers and goblets to clothing and window frames. Emphasizing the balance between time-honored forms and techniques and the creativity of individual artists, the book explores how images and designs helped to form a Russian esthetic identity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Abundantly illustrated with examples from Russian museums, Russian Folk Art is a treasure for anyone interested in Russian culture.

About the Author

Alison Hilton is Wright Family Professor of Art History and Director of the M.A. Program in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University. She is author of Kazimir Malevich, 1878-1935 and author (with Norton T. Dodge) of New Art from the Soviet Union: The Known and the Unknown.

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Part I

The Arts in Peasant Life

1. Tradition and Discovery

2. Villiage and Izba

3. Domestic Tasks and Tools

4. Specialization and Originality: Some Peasant Artists

Part II

Materials and Forms

5. Wood and Carved Ornament

6. Painting on Wood

7. Textile Arts and Costume

8. Beyond the Villiage: Specialized Crafts and Urban Folk Art

9. Toys in All Media

Part III

Designs and Their Meaning

10. AMulet, Ornament, and Ritual

11. Transformation of the Slavic Legacy

12. Heraldic Beasts and Guardian Figures: The Evolution of Motifs

13. Scenes from Life and Forms from the Past

Part IV

Preservation and Revival of Russian Folk Art

14. Serf Artist, Peasant Painters, and the Rise of Genre

15. National Art and Folk Art

16. Artistic Renewal

17. Folk Art and New Languages of Art

18. Reshaping Folk Art in the Soviet Era



Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Hilton, Alison
Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN
Art - General
Eurasian Studies; Anthropology; Art and Architecture; Art and Photography; Culture; East European; Folklore and Myth; Folklore and Myth Russian; History; Russia; Russian
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Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
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20 color illus., 130 bandw illus.
10 x 7 x 0.82 in

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