March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 37 March 2012

Theory of architecture

Vlasov Victor G.

DSc (Art Studies), Professor, Chair of History of West European Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: natlukina@list.ru


The Eurasian concept of Russian art is based on the idea of a «Third Way» (Lat. Tertium Datur – «there is a third choice»).

Historically, there have been two views of Russian history: «Westernism» and "Slavophilia". Russian art features a meaning that embraces both of these worlds - western and eastern. The progress of Russian art represents a closed cycle of transformations of the national traits into universal ideas and forms of Eurasian art. Characteristic lags and fusions of art movements and styles explain not only discontinuities in its development but also the «multi-component» character or programmatic eclecticism of Russian art. The «Third Way» is essentially a search for reconciliation between the values of the western civilisation and the foundations of folk life. The principle of symphony of outwardly differing but intrinsically uniform humanitarian components is possible on the basis of Western European values. Russia may become a link on the way towards future humanistic culture. Possibly, this is exactly how the «world-embracing compassionateness» — Russian people’s main character trait according to Dostoyevsky — is likely to be embodied in future art forms. It is even likely that the history of European art that originated in Ancient Greece and Rome will, in fact, get accomplished in the vast expanses of Russia.

Key words: Russian art, art studies, "third way", future culture, Eurasianism

Russian text of this article

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