This article examines several important designs by Elena Dmitrievna Polenova (1850-1898) for art embroideries and textile panels. These are the least studied of Polenova’s works, but offer new insights into the artist’s role as a leader of the neo-national movement in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Russian art. Linking extant designs with photographs of exhibition displays and unpublished archival sources, including contemporary accounts by the British art journalist Netta Peacock (1864-1938), this project seeks to initiate the important process of identifying and analysing Polenova’s designs within the context of the movement.
The tales were first published in1906in an edition by Iosif Knebel’ (Elena Polenova Russkie narodnye skazki i pribautki pereskazannye dlia detei i illustrirovannye E.D. Polenovoi 3 vols (Moscow: I.N. Knebel’ 1906)). For a modern reproduction of Ivan the Fool and the Firebird see Elena Polenova Why the Bear has no Tail and Other Russian Folk Tales Netta Peacock trans. Louise Hardiman ed. (London: Fontanka 2014) p. 4.
Anthony Netting“Images and Ideas in Russian Peasant Art,”Slavic Review35 1 (March 1976) pp. 48-68.
Anthony Netting, “Images and Ideas in Russian Peasant Art,” Slavic Review, 35, 1 (March 1976), pp. 48-68.)| false
John E. Bowlt“Patronage and the Neo-Nationalist Movement: Savva Mamontov and Mariia Tenisheva,” in Russian Art 1875-1975: A Collection of Essays(New York: mss Information Corp. 1976) pp. 21-40.
John E. Bowlt, “Patronage and the Neo-Nationalist Movement: Savva Mamontov and Mariia Tenisheva,” in Russian Art, 1875-1975: A Collection of Essays (New York: mss Information Corp., 1976), pp. 21-40.)| false