In her presentation, Professor Neginsky will speak about the birth of Vrubel’s images, and in what way they are different from images of many of his contemporaries. She will demonstrate how the knowledge of certain philosophies and views on art that are found in works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Emmanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Vladimir Soloviev influenced Vrubel’s creativity.
Rosina Neginsky teaches Art History and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is the author of several books, of which the most recent is Salome: The Image of a Woman Who Never Was (2013),which came out in 2018 in Russian translation at Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, under the title Salomeia: Obraza rokovoj zhenshchiny, kotoroj ne bylo; of numerous articles on Russian and European artists, poets and writers and of books of poetry, of which the most recent is In the Garden of Luxembourg (2015). She is the president and founder of the international interdisciplinary organization Art, Literature, Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD), and the editor of various books on Symbolism, of which the most recent is Mental Illnesses in Symbolism (2018). She is currently working on a book about Vrubel. Neginsky is a 2008 recipient of the University Scholar Award.