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Title: Ilya Repin : ideology and aesthetics in Russian art
Author: Jackson, D.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1990
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This thesis aims to seek a more judicious appreciation of Repin's worth through a comprehensive survey of his life and work, utilising as reference points the twin constituents of painting, form and content, which find reflection in the East/West proclivity towards ideology and aesthetics. The first chapter deals with Repin's early development, from his birth in 1844 into a provincial military settlement, to his enrolment in 1864 at the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg, and considers the relative influences of the Academy, the secessionist Artel based around Ivan Kramskoy, and the emerging Peredvizhniki. Chapter 2 covers Repin's residency in Paris, 1873-1976, a period of conflicting interests during which his allegiance to the nascent Russian school of critical realism was called into question by contact with Western art. The central chapters, 3-6, consider the chief genres within Repin's output: history painting, scenes from contemporary life, political themes, and portraiture, and considers to what degree ideological and formal considerations shaped his mature work. Chapter 7 deals with reactions to artistic innovations from the 1890s onwards, a period of avowed aestheticism on Repin's part, which saw his resignation from the Petedvizhniki, transference to the reformed Academy, and a brief liaison with Diaghilev's Mir iskusstva, but which ended in acrimonious public disputes with the forces of 'modernism'. Chapter 8 is devoted to the last decade of Repin's life, spent on his estate on the Finnish Gulf, a period of physical decline and post-Revolutionary isolation, during which he worked obsessively on recurrent themes with a discernibly freer style. The concluding chapter considers some of the East/West uses, abuses, and misunderstandings which have dogged Repin's work, before assessing the strengths and weaknesses, consistencies and contradictions within his oeuvre, based on the findings of previous chapters.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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