This article discusses the Danish critic Georg Brandes’ attitude towards Ivan Turgenev whose works he found most adequate to an esthetic ideal. These are the genuine masterpieces of realistic art giving a most clear and complete idea of how varied was the Russian society and how people of different strata and class lived. They stand out for their artistic perfection, delicate and genuine art of portraying a human soul, and simplicity and sweetness of style. G. Brandes’ articles and reports highlighting the international value of Turgenev’s prose had largely promoted Turgenev in the Scandinavian countries.
esthetic ideal, realistic art, international value, growth of popularity