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This Meager Nature. Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia

The genesis of this fine monograph occurred in a moment of confounding cultural confrontation when Christopher Ely first viewed Russian landscape painting of the nineteenth century. Perplexed, he jotted down a question for himself. Why, he asked, were these works so ‘consciously unbeautiful’? Gazing at one dreary canvas after another, he wondered, ‘What was thisContinue reading “This Meager Nature. Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia”