The Joy of Life:
Impressionists and Post-impressionists in Russia
A Presentation by Marina Oberatova
Russia has one of the world’s best collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. It rivals the holdings of French museums—especially when it comes to the masterpieces of Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro. Far less well known is the fact that Russia had its own important school of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, painters whose works spanned the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century. How did it happen that Russia accumulated so many great works of the French impressionists and post-impressionists? Where can one see these collections? How do Russian Impressionism and Post-Impressionism differ from the French? What does it tell us about Soviet history?
Marina Oborotova, Ph.D., is a historian, researcher, and lecturer. She earned her M.A. in International Relations from Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs, and her Ph.D. from Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). Marina wrote two books and over 40 articles and worked around the world in Europe, Latin America, and for the last 30 years in the United States. She has taught courses on Global, European and Latin American history and politics at the University of New Mexico.