« 2024. # 1 (175)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2024. № 1 (175), 145—153

UDK 75/”18/19″В.Кричевський

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2024.01.145




  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-6361
  • Doctor of Art Science, Professor,
  • Presidium of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine,
  • 20, Bulvarno-Kudryavska st., 01054, Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: dr.a.puchkov@ukr.net

Abstract: Relevance: The research heritage of Vasyl Krychevsky (1873—1952) is known much less, compared to the architectural, graphic, painting, and decorative works of an outstanding, universally gifted personality. This determines the purpose— a preliminary systematization and characterization of the artist’s and architect’s legacy as a scientist and critic. The objects of our article are two dozen of Krychevsky’s preserved texts in the scientific and journalistic field on the issues of sculpture, ornament, architecture, and cinema, and the article’s subject is their thematic, substantive, and stylistic features. The methodology of our work is establishing a chronology and tracing changes in conceptual approaches, analyzing texts and identifying the interdependence of Vasyl Krychevsky’s creative and scientific activities. The conclusion: an impressive erudition, scientific novelty, verbal skill and practical value of the published works allowed V. Krychevsky to be awarded the scientific degree of Doctor of Art Studies in 1939 without a dissertation defense and in the absence of a higher education diploma.

Keywords: history of Ukrainian art and architecture, art studies, art criticism.

Reseived 22.01.2024


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