This is a four-part lecture on the art of the Romanov Dynasty that includes a video and the lecture text. To tell this story I am using artwork created during the time of each Romanov tsar and artwork painted years after their deaths. Starting in 1862 Russian artists began drawing on the rich folklore and historical events of their country’s past. By placing these historical paintings into this story their artwork now has context and brings to life the Romanov Dynasty.
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In 1874, Amélie Beaury-Saurel enrolled at the Académie Julian, and in 1895 she married the founder Rodolphe Julian. She achieved noted success as a portraitist, earning medals in the Paris Salon. After Julian’s death Beaury-Saurel became director of the Académie, a position she held until her death in 1924.
At the onset of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 history took an unexpected turn and the art of the Russian avant-garde suddenly was in a position of power. Russian avant-garde art became the new image and voice of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) government.
Kiki Smith at her home in New York, which also serves as her studio, talks about what drives her art, from the provocative sculptures of the female body that made her a leading feminist artist in the 1980s, to her more recent work that draws inspiration from the nature.
The Wallace Collection is a museum in London occupying Hertford House in Manchester Square, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It is named after Sir Richard Wallace, who built the extensive collection, along with the Marquesses of Hertford, in the 18th and 19th centuries.