The Russian Intelligentsia’s Search for New Forms of Creative Expression during the Inter-Revolutionary Period (1905-1917)


Тип публикации: статья из журнала

Год издания: 2018

Идентификатор DOI: 10.13187/bg.2018.3.1270

Ключевые слова: intelligentsia, creativity, revolution, decadence, symbolism, acmeism, futurism, culture, siberia

Аннотация: This work focuses on the activities of the Russian and Siberian artistic intelligentsia in the inter-revolutionary era (1905-1917). It particularly highlights the influence of socio-economic and political aspects on the nature of the intelligentsia’s creative work. Its ignorance of day-to-day realities, its complete detachment fromПоказать полностьюlife resulted in Russia’s artistic elite living in a self-created world. Misunderstanding of the people led to its idealization, the belief that after passing through the cleansing furnace of the revolution, it will come out spiritually renewed, capable of perceiving beauty. The defeat of the revolution and the realization that even in the case of its victory, the spiritual rebirth of society could hardly have come overnight, plunged the intelligentsia into a state of despondency, lethargy and pessimism. This state found its expression in decadence as a special kind of mindset. An analysis of the reasons underlying the changes that occurred at that time shows that these changes were predetermined by a failure to understand the essence of events, inability to explain them and adapt to them. The socio-political and socio-economic events in central Russia could not but affect the Siberian artistic intelligentsia’s creative life. Here, however, the search for new forms and means of artistic expression was not so profound. Their fascination with modernism was more often than not transient or accidental. Both artists and spectators preferred to adhere to realistic traditions in art. A sober, realistic view of life helped the Siberian intelligentsia to relatively quickly overcome the moods of decadence and pessimism in their creative work. This article analyses some examples of how decadence influenced the work of the most prominent figures of the Russian art.

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Журнал: Былые годы. Российский исторический журнал

Выпуск журнала: 49

Номера страниц: 1270-1277

ISSN журнала: 20739745

Место издания: Сочи

Издатель: федеральное государственное бюджетное образовательное учреждение высшего образования "Сочинский государственный университет"


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