Victor Arnautoff reigned as San Francisco's leading mural painter during the New Deal era. Yet that was only part of an astonishing life journey from Tsarist officer to leftist painter. Robert W. Cherny's masterful biography of Arnautoff braids the artist's work with his increasingly leftist politics and the tenor of his times. Delving into sources on Russian emigres and San Francisco's arts communities, Cherny traces Arnautoff's life from refugee art student and assistant to Diego Rivera to prominence in the New Deal's art projects and a faculty position at Stanford University. As Arnautoff's politics moved left, he often incorporated working people and people of color into his treatment of the American past and present. In the 1950s, however, his participation in leftist organizations and a highly critical cartoon of Richard Nixon landed him before the House Un-American Activities Committee and led to calls for his dismissal from Stanford. Arnautoff eventually departed America, a refugee of another kind, now fleeing personal loss and the disintegration of the left-labor culture that had nurtured him, before resuming his artistic career in the Soviet Union that he had fought in his youth to destroy. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xxix, 184 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Acknowledgements List Of Illustrations Romanov Rulers Of Russia: A Chart Contributors Preface The Need to Craft a National Past Marc Raeff Introduction Fedor Solntsev and Crafting the Image of a Russian National Past: The Context Wendy Salmond and Cynthia Hyla Whittaker Chapter One Solntsev, Olenin, and the Development of a Russian National Aesthetic Richard Wortman Chapter Two A Revolution in Russian Design: Solntsev and the Decorative Arts Anne Odom Chapter Three Solntsev's Role in Preserving the Treasures of the Moscow Kremlin Irina Bogatskaia Chapter Four Solntsev and the Reform of Icon Painting Marina Evtushenko Chapter Five In Solntsev's Footsteps: Adrian Prakhov and the Representation of Kievan Rus' Olenka Pevny Chapter Six The Material World of Kievan Rus' in the Historical Novels of the Nicholaevan Era Irina Reyfman Bibliography Index.
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The Romantic search for a national past was a European preoccupation in the first half of the nineteenth century. In Russia, this process led to the formation of the Russian style that has to today so captivated the world's imagination. While the manifestations of this style are easily recognizable in gleaming gilt, vibrant colors, onion domes, peasant costume, and tsarist regalia, hardly anyone has realized the pioneering and defining role that Fedor Solntsev (1801-1892) played in the development of a Russian national aesthetic. This book rescues Solntsev from obscurity and celebrates his major contributions to the arts, archaeology, architecture, ethnography, icon painting, restoration work, and Russian nationalist ideology as well as place his work in a general European context. Contributors include: Marc Raeff, Wendy Salmond, Richard Wortman, Anne Odom, Irina Bogatskaia, Marina Evtushenko, Olenka Pevny, Irina Reyfman, Nathaniel Knight, Lauren M. O'Connell, and J. Robert Wright. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
First California paperback edition. - Berkeley : University of California Press, 
Book — 219 pages ; 21 cm
Abram Tertz, one of the most important writers to emerge in the Soviet Union since World War II, came to prominence in 1959 when "On Socialist Realism" was published in the West. It was the first important critique of the central dogma of Soviet literature. It arrived with a novel - "The Trial Begins", which was published in 1960. Other books followed these into the West, until in 1965 a respected literary scholar at the Gorky Institute, Andrei Sinyavsky was arrested, revealed to be Abram Tertz, tried, and sentenced to seven years in a forced labor camp. (source: Nielsen Book Data)