Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. John Norman

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard DePeaux


Early twentieth-century Russia was a dynamic period of artistic discussion and creation. Between the first World 'War's period of enforced isolation and the ensuing revolutionary period, until the break in the blockade in 1921, Moscow and Petrograd were centers of fierce, concentrated activity among young artists. These artists had many ideas, visions, and theories on the nature of the new world that was taking the place of the old. Post-revolutionary Russia's social and political instability was a fertile ground for experiment and innovation in art. Young artists took the artistic life of the country in their own hands, creating a period of remarkable intensity and diversity, leading to a wide range of styles, movements, and tendencies. Artists felt under pressure to clarify their position as artists in line with their perceptions of social change; there was an agreement that "pure art" and easel painting were no longer valid preoccupations.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only