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The Wanderers and Critical Realism in Nineteenth-century Russian Art (Barber Institute's Critical Perspectives in Art History) (Barber Institute's Critical Perspectives in Art History) Hardcover – 31 Aug 2006

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (31 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719064341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719064340
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,989,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is well written. It reads easily, and this in itself might help to popularize the Wanderers. It can certainly be recommended as a readable popular survey or introduction. --Elizabeth Kridi Valkenier, Columbia University

David Jackson successfully puts 19th-century Russian art into a pan-European perspective. The elusive qualities which this author has captuted are perhaps best summed up in a quotation in which Alexandre Benois defines the unique talent of landscapist, Isaak Kevitan, whom he considers to be "neither a Barbizon, a Dutchman, nor an Impressionist, nor (is he) all of these put together. Levitan is a Russian artist." David Jackson presents his findings with colourful anecdotal evidence. --Ann Kodicek, Art Newspaper

About the Author

David Jackson is Head of School and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds

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This exceptional piece of scholarly investigation is more than merely an art history book; though it is that, and a very good one too. Contextualising the Wanderers' critical realism in the broadest possible manner - with reference to society, politics, sociology and the prevailing aesthetics of late 19th century Russia - David Jackson has provided his readers with undoubtedly the best overview of this fascinating school of artists who sought to challenge and question the mores of the late Tsarist regime. Making use of an exceptional depth of research, a complex nexus of source materials are handled with consummate critical, analytical and intellectual ability. A highly readable book for the scholar, student and general reader interested in Russian art and society. A much welcomed and needed publication.
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This is a very worthy book but I wish I hadn't bought it. I should have guessed from the title that it would concentrate more on the research than showing the reader the works themselves. It's the paintings that really interest me and this book, wonderfully well researched and written as it is, has few illustrations. Frankly for the price one would have expected a great deal more. However, if research is your thing then this is the book to buy.
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