Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Forgotten Reality of Socialist Realism: Visual Art

Socialist Realist Art has been given a derogatory reputation. Socialist Realism was not overwhelmingly dominated by images of Stalin, Lenin, Castro, and Mao's faces. Socialist Realism is in my opinion, in many ways rooted in Romanticism, however it is an anti-establishment Romanticism, as opposed to the reactionary romanticism championed by Nazism.

Socialist Realism, including its paintings need to be re-examined rather than dismissed by those who wish to understand art history.

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