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Paris and the Russian avant-garde

  • Friday 10 August 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturer: Dr Natalia Murray

In the early years of the twentieth century Paris was the centre of the international art world. The embodiment of ‘modernity’, it attracted ambitious artists from around Europe and further afield.  Since the latter years of the nineteenth century, wealthy Russians like Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov had opened their collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, Fauve and Cubist art to a select public, including artists. A significant number of Russian artists subsequently moved to Paris and worked in close proximity and collaboration with their French and international contemporaries, creating works that produced an exciting synthesis of these new avant-garde impulses and their own rich artistic heritage.


Dr Natalia Murray graduated from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage. Over the past eight years she has been lecturing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian Art at The Courtauld and at the University of Sussex. She curated Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the RA and lead a Society study day, Art at the time of the Revolution, to link with the exhibition. Natalia is also a trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project.

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