From Russian Realism to Symbolism: Painting and Literature, 1860 - 1910 | Newberry

From Russian Realism to Symbolism: Painting and Literature, 1860 - 1910

Led by Julia Denne. Seven sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Saturdays, October 3 - November 21 (Class will not meet on October 17)

10 am - 12 pm

Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an introduction to the riches of the Russian realist and symbolist traditions, focusing on the dialogue between the Russian painters--especially the Wanderers, Ilya Repin, and the symbolist Mikhail Vrubel--and the literary works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton Chekhov. While Russian writers have been integrated into the Western literary tradition, Russian painting is less well-known and deserves special attention for its important role in Russian intellectual and cultural history and the development of Western artistic traditions.

Seven sessions. Registration – $250

Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and teaches Russian literature and culture in the Chicago area.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.