La Ruche, circa 1918

Inspired by the acclaimed recent exhibition Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection at the Louise Vuitton Foundation, this study trip will explore the fascinating interplay that existed between French and Russian art in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The variety of ways in which so many Russian artists, both men and women, succeeded in fusing French avant-garde tendencies with the extraordinary wealth of their own cultural heritage resulted in a wonderful flowering which significantly influenced the course of modern art.

During the trip participants will examine the influence of the French avant-garde on Russian artists who fell under its spell at home or in Paris, where they worked alongside each other in the famous artists’ residence in Montparnasse, ‘La Ruche’, or where they studied at the Académie Julian or at Marie Vassilieff’s Russian Art Academy. The highlights of the trip will include a guided tour by the grandson of Sergei Shchukin, André-Marc Delocque-Fourcaud, a visit to the Opéra Garnier to see Chagall’s magnificent ceiling and a curator’s talk at the exhibition dedicated to Chagall and Malevich which will open at the Pompidou Centre on 28 March 2018

Dr Natalia Murray

Dr Natalia Murray

Natalia Murray was born in St Petersburg where she gained BA and MA in Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum (conducting research on the XVII century Dutch paintings and British reproductive mezzotint engravings of XVII-XIX centuries, and their connection with the development of artistic tastes in Britain).

In 2015 she has been awarded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

In 2012 she wrote a book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin (Leiden-Boston: Brill Academic, 2012).

At present she is working as a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and as a head of education and public programmes at GRAD (Gallery for Russian Art and Design). She is also curating a major exhibition ‘Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932’ which will take place at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2017 and editing her next book on post-revolutionary festivals in Petrograd. Natalia is also trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project – a UK-based charity which shares one of her aspirations to reduce the number of fakes on the Russian art market.

For further details please contact:

+44 (0)20 3 9477 650

Short Courses The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House Strand London WC2R 0RN


  • Date: 27 March 2018 - 28 March 2018