Russian Folk Art

Russian Folk Art

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 176 x 252 x 24mm | 721.21g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 20 color illus., 130 b&w illus.
  • 0253223350
  • 9780253223357
  • 1,229,295

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All in all, this volume represents a fine source on the evolution and range of russian folk art and is the only comprehensive such study available in English. * Journal of American Folklore * . . . intelligent, well-written, beautifully edited and handsomely produced . . . wealth of detail and interpretive perspectives . . . * Canadian Folklore * . . . a significant contribution to Russian art history in any language. Her book proves invaluable for serious specialists, useful as a textbook for students, and informative for all interested in the subject. * The Russian Review * Hilton surveys the field of Russian folk art thoughtfully and thoroughly, in prose of exemplary clarity. . . . Russian Folk Art exemplifies how academic inquiry and research are properly done. * Choice *show more

About Alison Hilton

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 more

Table of contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceNote on TransliterationAbbreviationsPart IThe Arts in Peasant Life1. Tradition and Discovery2. Villiage and Izba3. Domestic Tasks and Tools4. Specialization and Originality: Some Peasant ArtistsPart IIMaterials and Forms5. Wood and Carved Ornament6. Painting on Wood7. Textile Arts and Costume8. Beyond the Villiage: Specialized Crafts and Urban Folk Art9. Toys in All MediaPart IIIDesigns and Their Meaning10. AMulet, Ornament, and Ritual11. Transformation of the Slavic Legacy12. Heraldic Beasts and Guardian Figures: The Evolution of Motifs13. Scenes from Life and Forms from the PastPart IVPreservation and Revival of Russian Folk Art14. Serf Artist, Peasant Painters, and the Rise of Genre15. National Art and Folk Art16. Artistic Renewal17. Folk Art and New Languages of Art18. Reshaping Folk Art in the Soviet EraGlossaryNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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