- THAMES & HUDSON
MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG IN RUSSIA'S SILVER AGE
Lavishly illustrated, Moscow & St. Petersburg 19001920 is the quintessential guide to Russias vibrant and influential Silver Age. In this elegantly written narrative survey, John E. Bowlt sheds new light on Russias Silver Age, the period of artistic renaissance that flourished as Imperial Russias power waned. Much of the creative energy could be attributed to the Symbolist movement, whose proponents sought to transcend the barriers of bourgeois civility and whose unconventional lifestyles led some critics to label them Decadents and Degenerates. But, as Sergei Diaghilev declared, theirs was not a moral or artistic decline, but a voyage of inner discovery and a reinvention of a national culture. Bowlts richly textured volume focuses not only on Russias best known artists from this periodDiaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Igor Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and poet Anna Akhmatovabut also on lesser known movements of the periodexperimental theater, Nikolai Kalmakovs innovative painting, and the free dance practiced by followers of Duncan and Dalcroze.