socialist realism

style of realistic art

Socialist realism is a style of idealized realistic art that was developed in the Soviet Union and was the official style in that country between 1932 and 1988, as well as in other socialist countries after World War II. Socialist realism is characterized by the glorified depiction of communist values, such as the emancipation of the proletariat. Despite its name, the figures in the style are very often highly idealized, especially in sculpture, where it often leans heavily on the conventions of classical sculpture. Although related, it should not be confused with social realism, a type of art that realistically depicts subjects of social concern, or other forms of "realism" in the visual arts. Socialist realism was the predominant form of approved art in the Soviet Union from its development in the early 1920s to its eventual fall from official status beginning in the late 1960s until the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. While other countries have employed a prescribed canon of art, socialist realism in the Soviet Union persisted longer and was more restrictive than elsewhere in Europe.
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movement: socialist realism

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Author

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Mikhail Sholokhov

Soviet writer (1905-1984)

Works

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And Quiet Flows the Don

novel by Michail Sholokhov

author: Mikhail Sholokhov

1928

Fate of a Man

short story by Michail Sholokhov

author: Mikhail Sholokhov

1956

Наука ненависти

short story by Michail Sholokhov

author: Mikhail Sholokhov

1942

The New Land

novel by Michail Sholokhov

author: Mikhail Sholokhov

1932

Author

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Irmtraud Morgner

German writer

Works

4

Hochzeit in Konstantinopel

book by Irmtraud Morgner

author: Irmtraud Morgner

Amanda. Ein Hexenroman

by Irmtraud Morgner

author: Irmtraud Morgner

1983

Die wundersamen Reisen Gustavs des Weltfahrers

German novel by Irmtraud Morgner

author: Irmtraud Morgner

1972

Leben und Abenteuer der Trobadora Beatriz

Roman von Irmtraud Morgner (1974)

author: Irmtraud Morgner

1974

Author

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Sergey Mikhalkov

Russian and Soviet writer (1913–2009)

Author

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Konstantin Simonov

Soviet writer, poet, playwright and wartime correspondant (1915-1979)

Author

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Yuri Bondarev

Soviet and Russian writer, screenwriter

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