Dissertation title: ‘Fathers & Sons? Uncovering cross-generational relations in the Russian Art World, 1880-1923’
Supervisor: Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley
Isabel specialises in Russian realist and modernist painting from 1850 to 1920, with a particular focus on the art of the Peredvizhniki (Wanderers). Her doctoral research reassesses the relationship between artistic generations in late imperial Russia, reflecting on personal and professional exchange between older proponents of realist painting and youthful members of Russia’s celebrated avant-garde.
Isabel studied Russian at the State Pushkin Institute in Moscow and went on to receive her BA from the University of Oxford and MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where her dissertation on the work of Ilya Repin won the Director’s Prize. She is currently a visiting scholar at Moscow State University, where she is conducting long-term archival research funded by the Leverhulme Trust.