I believe the posters you posted were earlier Constructivist influenced art from the 1920s, before socialist realism became the official art form of the Soviet Union.
Originally Posted by fabian
There can be no "official" culture of the working class. the art and culture of all times and epochs-from ancient Babylon, to Lady Murasaki, to Shakespeare, to Bach, to the Kama Sutra are the heritage of the global working class.
Much "socialist realist" poster and painting is kitsch.There was and is a fair amount of this in the US-Norman Rockwell, Thomas Hart Benton were the US versions.Neither country produced deep SR visual art. How many cheesy pictures of Stalin or Mao or Hoxha or Kim or "average Americans of all creeds and colors" saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" or having "Thanksgiving dinner" can one take before the meme dries up?
I feel true art can't be contained, its subversive by definition.Freedom defined is freedom denied, as they say.
The "heroic" SR statues in Russia and China are just silly, in my opinion.
Its more difficult to be reductionist in other art mediums.
SR architecture is more interesting. The "Stalin gothic" buildings in Moscow are interesting,as is the Moscow subway. There is a fair amount of this in the US-WPA buildings from the 1930s are American SR.
I'm not as familiar with SR novels. All Quiet Flows The Don" by Mikhail Sholokhov is SR (I think)and this is a great book and film.
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget
Lenina Rosenweg is a glorious beacon of light