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Unformatted text preview: life, according to his preferences, but all students were to compete for one gold medal. Realizing that the Academy was slowly adjusting to the new trends in Russian painting and to new realities of Russian life, the thirteen decided to strike while the iron was hot, and asked for even more freedom -- namely, to be allowed to pick any topic, without any restrictions. They believed that the single general theme could not give an equal chance to all participants. This petition was not only rejected, but the angered Academy Council decided that, instead of a general theme, it would assign a specific topic, as in the past. The assigned topic was to be "Odin's Feast in Valhalla." Disappointed and upset, the 13 artists refused to participate in the competition and resigned from the Academy, forfeiting their chances to sell the paintings and receive an art scholarship....
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- Fall '10