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The Organic School of the Russian Avant-Garde
Nature's Creative Principles
Isabel Wünsche, Jacobs University Bremen
Series: Science and the Arts since 1750
The artists of the Organic School of the Russian avant-garde found inspiration as well as a model for artistic growth in the creative principles of nature. Isabel Wünsche analyses the artistic influences, intellectual foundations, and scientific publications that shaped the formation of these artists. Particular emphasis is given to the holistic worldviews and organic approaches prevalent among artists of the pre-revolutionary avant-garde and the emergence of the concept of Organic Culture.
April 2018: 246x174: 242pp
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction: The Russian Avante-Garde; Biocentrism, Organicism, and the Modernist Discourse; Research on the Organic School; St. Petersburg and the Union of Youth; 1: Nature as the Artist’s Model Organic Principles as the Foundation for a New Art; The Nature-Centric Worldviews of the St. Petersburg Avant-Garde; From Nature Philosophy to Psychophysiological Parallelism; Evolutionary Though as a Model for Artistic Development; Cosmic Consciousness and the Language of the Future; 2: The Pioneers of the Organic School Jan Ciaglinski: Integrative Seeing in Impressionism; Nikolai Kulbin: Artistic Creation and Psychophysics; Elena Guro: From Anti-Urbanism to Organicism; 3: Mikhail Matiushin and the Emergence of the Organic School Impressionist Approaches to Art and Music; Root Sculptures and Crystal Paintings; Matiushin’s Concept of Universal Space; Extended Viewing and the Studio of Spatial Realism; ZORVED and the Department of Organic Culture; Organic Culture in Architecture and Design; 4: Further Organic Principles in the Russian Avant-Garde Faktura: The Living Fabric of Nature; Creative Intuition: Organic Perception of the World; 5: The Heritage of the Organic School—Vladimir Sterligov and the Leningrad Art Scene of 1960-90 From the Square to the Cup and Cupola; Painting as Spiritual Experience and Moral Purification; The Communal Spirit of the “Invisible Institute” Conclusion Nature’s Creative Principles; The Artist’s Calling; The Utopian Stance of the Organic School; Selected Bibliography; Index.
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