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Art and the shaping of society: Russian posters and constructivism, 1917-1924

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dc.contributor.advisor Gerstein, Linda en_US
dc.contributor.author Ruder, Adam en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-28T20:28:09Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-28T20:28:09Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/671
dc.description.abstract The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 brought optimism for social and political change to Russia. Visual artists turned this optimism into art both by glorifying the proletarian revolution and the ideology accompanying it and by challenging the artistic traditions to create a new type of art and expression. In the wake of the Revolution, these two ideas of revolutionary art merged in a variety of styles and forms. Two groups that exemplify what I would call Bolshevik revolutionary art were the poster artists of the Civil War era and the Constructivists, an avant-garde group from the era of NEP. They created art based on a theoretical belief that art can bring about a fundamental change in society and individuals in a collective socialist system. Poster art and Constructivism both envisioned a new society where the new worker reigns supreme in a land of industrialization and depicted this idea in their artwork and writings. To establish this future they found it necessary to create a new vision of the past, one that demonized bourgeoisie, priests, and "bourgeois" art styles. However, they were clearly different groups of artists with different results. Their distinct training backgrounds and historical contexts help explain their different results from similar goals. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of History en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 -- Art and the revolution
dc.subject.lcsh Posters -- Soviet Union
dc.subject.lcsh Constructivism (Art) -- Soviet Union
dc.title Art and the shaping of society: Russian posters and constructivism, 1917-1924 en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en_US
dc.rights.access Open Access


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