Impressionistic Search in Artistic Interpretation of Dance at the Turn of the 20th Century


  • Tatiana V. Portnova



Impressionism, the theme of dance, compositional arrangements, spectacular expressiveness, stylistic interpretation, creative manner


This paper is an attempt to theoretically comprehend the interaction of classical dance and fineart in the context of Impressionism. The data is mainly based on two representatives of Frenchand Russian art: Edgar Degas and Zinaida Serebriakova. Some impressionistic pursuit insculpture has also been considered. The studied works of the artists, which have their uniquefeatures of compositional organization and stylistic manner of writing and modelling, are viewedas a single process of fine dramaturgy reflected in the meaning of artistic works. A newimpressionistic approach to the theme of dance, which is associated with its expressive and finenature, is stated on the basis of trend generalization of the compositional-visual thinking of theartists at the turn of the 20th century.


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Author Biography

Tatiana V. Portnova

Tatiana V. Portnova, Doctor of Art Studies, member of the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation, Russian and International Academies; professor at the department of The Art of the Choreographer at the Institute of Slavic Culture, Russian State University A. N. Kosygin. The main directions of Portnova’s scientific research are focused on the sphere of classical ballet considered in the system of integrative arts history, contactual links, and forms of dance and plastic arts synthesis (the interaction of ballet and plastic arts in Russian artisticculture of the late 19th–early 20th centuries, Moscow, 2007). Portnova’s research and expert work funded by public and private museums identifies and systematically catalogues works of art that capture classical dance, including the study of ballet dancers’ and choreographers’ creative staging viewed as creative activities, both historical and contemporary.