|"Worker and Collective Farm Woman" statue by Vera Mukhina (1937).|
What exactly is socialist realism? “It demands of the artist the truthful, historically concrete representation of reality in its revolutionary development. Moreover, the truthfulness and historical correctness of the artistic representation of reality must be linked with the task of ideological transformation and education of workers in the spirit of socialism.” Its power lie in its simplicity. It was to be: proletarian, significant to the workers and understandable to them; typical, presenting the everyday life of the people; realistic, in the representational sense; and partisan, supportive of the goals of the Party and the State.
Watch this video, "Soviet Kitsch," to see socialist realism go over the top in Stalin's U.S.S.R.
|Socialist realism on Soviet Rouble coin from 1924.|
|Massive socialist realism statue of Stalin and Soviet fighters in World War II.|
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|Socialist realism in public art during Stalin's reign.|
This video is about statues from Stalinist Hungary and a statue park outside of Budapest. The host of the video mistakenly calls the art "social realism" instead of socialist realism. It is socialist realism. "Social realism" is different.
Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science: socialist realism gone wild!
|Flowers for Stalin by Boris Vladimirski, 1949.|
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