M. O. Gershenzon Archive

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Rare photos of Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon's family and letters from Gershenzon. Gershenzon (1869-1925) was an important scholar and philosopher of Russia's Silver Age; a mystic, he believed in the power of the "cosmos" to bring unity to the world and happiness to the individual. These rare photos and letters describe the life of a Russian intellectual in the decade before and after the October Revolution.
A group photo at RAKhN (Russian Academy of Art Sciences)
Group photo at RAKhN/GAKhN (RAKhN: Rossiiskaia Akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk ~ Translation: Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences [the name until 1925]/GAKhn: Gosudarstvennaia akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk ~ Translation: The State Academy of Arts [the name after 1925]) -- where Pushkin scholar, Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, who was also a Russian Silver Age-era scholar and intellectual and pre-October Revolution Jewish intellectual, post-October Revolution Jewish intellectual, was the head of Literature and a professor from 1921 until his death ins 1925. None of the people in this photo have been identified, though there is the presumption that they are linked to the academy in some way.
A group photo taken at M.O Gershenzon's wake in 1925
Group photo of wake of Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon -- noted Russian Silver Age Pushkin scholar and Jewish-Russian philosopher -- at RAKhN/GAKhN (RAKhN: Rossiiskaia Akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk ~ Translation: Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences [the name until 1925]/GAKhn: Gosudarstvennaia akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk ~ Translation: The State Academy of Arts [the name after 1925]) -- Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon was a professor in the 1920s until his death in 1925. Gershenzon is shown in the open casket with eight mourners around the casket. Second from the left: Olga Aleksandrovna Shor, next to her is Gustav Gustavovich Shpet. In the center is Pyotr Semyonovich Kogan, the president of the academy. Moscow, Prechistenka Street, #32.
Invitation card to an evening of lectures in memory of M.O. Gershenzon, March 20, 1925
Invitation card to 208th meeting of the “Russian Society of the Friends of Books” dedicated to the memory of Russian Silver age Pushkin Scholar and philosopher Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, It announces four lectures.
M. O. Gershenzon and family (restored)
Pushkin scholar and Russian Silver Age philosopher Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon and family in the garden of the house of E.N.Orlova (Moscow, Nikol’sky sidestreet, #13). Photo subjects include Gershenzon's wife Maria Borisovna Gershenzon (née Gol'denveizer), his daughter Natal'ia Mikhailovna Gershenzon-Chegodaeva, his son Sergei Mikhailovich, himself: Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, and a friend, Elizaveta Nikolaevna Orlova. Photograph provided courtesy of Maria Andreevna Chegodaeva (Gershenzon's granddaughter).
M.O. Gershenzon and his golden retriever Zor'ka
This is a photo of Russian Silver Age-era Pushkin scholar, intellectual, and philosopher, Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon who was active in the Russian scholarly scene both pre-October and post-October Revolution; he is pictured with his dog, a female golden retriever named Zor'ka. The photo was taken in 1903, according to the family. In the photo, Zor'ka seems to be imploring Gershenzon, with a paw upon Gershenzon's arm and the two appear to be smiling at each other.
M.O. Gershenzon and his wife Maria Borisovna Gershenzon and his baby son Aleksandr
Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, noted Russian Silver Age Pushkin scholar and Russian-Jewish philosopher and intellectual, poses with his wife, Maria Borisovna Gershenzon and their firstborn son Aleksandr (“Shushka”), 1904. He died in several months after born. Moscow, Nikol’sky sidestreet, residential outbuilding of the house of E.N.Orlova.
M.O. Gershenzon and his wife Maria Borisovna Gershenzon (nee Gol'denveizer)
Russian Silver age Pushkin Scholar, Jewish-Russian intellectual and philosopher Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, active in scholarship during bot the pre- and post-October Revolution, pictured with his wife, Maria Borisovna Gershenzon (nee Gol'denveizer), circa 1920. Possibly taken in Badenweiler, Germany or Russia or at Gershenzon's Finnish dacha.
M.O. Gershenzon with his children
Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, the noted Pushkin scholar of the Russian Silver Age and the Russian-Jewish philosopher is shown here flanked by his two children, his son Sergei Mikhailovich Gershenzon (born 1905) on the left (Gershenzon's right) and his daughter Nataliia Borisovna Gershenzon-Chegodaeva (born 1907) on the right (Gershenzon's left) in the garden of the house of E.N.Orlova (she is present in the background). Moscow, Nikol’sky sidestreet, 1913.
Portrait of M.O. Gershenzon as a young scholar
A black-and-white photograph portrait of Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, Pushkin scholar and Russian Silver age philosopher, in the early half of his life, about 25 years of age.
Portrait of M.O. Gershenzon's wife, Maria Borisovna Gershenzon (nee Gol'denveizer)
The wife (common-law until interfaith marriage laws were changed in Russia in 1905) of Russian Silver age Pushkin Scholar and philosopher Mikhail Osipovich Gershenzon, Maria Borisovna Gershenzon (nee Gol'denveizer). It is unknow when this photo was taken but she is probably around 25 years of age.