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Turbulent Times : Russian History as depicted by 19th Century Painters Sir TONY BRENTON Monday 14 October 2019

Turbulent Times.

Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat and commentator on public affairs. He served for 30 years with the British Foreign Service, including postings to the Middle East, the EU, Washington DC and Russia. He was in charge of of the Embassy throughout the Iraq war and was Ambassador to Russia during a particularly tense time in British/Russian relations.

Russia in the second half of the nineteenth century was a cultural powerhouse. The novelists (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky...) and composers (Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky...) are well known. The painters are not. But the period saw a new realist school of art, the “Itinerants”, which broke violently with the earlier academicism and, in the run up to the revolutionary twentieth century, ruthlessly depicted and criticised Tsarist Russia with all its flaws. Tony Brenton takes a tour through itinerant art and its interactions with the vast, repressed and unruly Russia that it both loved and detested.