Exhibitions

May-August 2015

Russian and Ukrainian Socialist Realist Art- Escaping Reality

Initially, Socialist Realism was an artistic and literary doctrine of political censorship in the Soviet Union. Established by the Union of Soviet Writers, it became implemented as compulsory practice in 1932. Socialist Realism primarily required that artists portray a positive depiction of socialist society in conventionally realistic terms. But after Stalin's death [1953], the practice of Socialist Realism gradually became more relaxed though Soviet censorship, in general, remained comparatively strong until Glasnost of the mid-1980s.

The most famous definition of Socialist Realism is Aleksandr Gerasimov's explanation: "Socialist Realism is art that is realistic in form but Socialist in content." "It is primarily optimistic about life," Gorky explained, "and is cognisant of its didactic educational role as it portrays information through images." ...

If the artist succeeded in doing what was considered an extraordinary painting of Lenin, he might be rewarded with a Lenin Medal of Honor. But the reality of Stalin's regime was isolation, loneliness, and grimness of life. Millions of people were arrested and murdered. At the end of Stalin's era, the situation was so bad that it was impossible to make paintings depicting a glorious new world. That's why paintings of the 1960s and 1970s have a different, more gentler atmosphere.

In essence Socialist Realism transformed itself into a romantic style - an escape from brutal reality. Many of the paintings began to resemble 17th century landscape paintings. Pastoral in content, they show Lenin relaxing and dreaming about a life of harmony. Everybody, including the censors, wanted to have peaceful dreams. And so that's the kind of art that was created.

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Miner
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Miner

Ivan Dudin

Russian

Unknown Date

Oil on Board

40x80cm

Storm of the Summer Palace
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Storm of the Summer Palace

B.G Dyatlov

Russian

1947

Oil on Board

40x60cm

Moses
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Moses

Germadi Moiseevich Gold

Ukrainian

1990

Oil on Board

40x80cm

Portrait of artist's wife
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Portrait of artist's wife

(very good condition)

Boris Aleksandrovich Spornikov

Ukrainian

Unknown Date

Oil on Board

40x35cm

Private Lessons
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Private Lessons

Svetlana Bondarenko

Ukrainian

1972

Oil on Canvas

100x150cm

Self Portrait Vera Veniaminovna Dovgalevskaya
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Self Portrait Vera Veniaminovna Dovgalevskaya

(unsigned only dated on the back)

Vera Veniaminova Dovgalevskaya

Ukrainian

1959

Oil on Canvas

40x60cm

Great Day of Victory
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Great Day of Victory

Vasili Afanasevich Pethukov

Ukrainian

1961

Oil on Canvas

120x180cm

Artist's daughter's Wedding
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Artist's daughter's Wedding

Boris Aleksandrovich Spornikov

Ukrainian

1971

Oil on Canvas

129x160cm

The birthplace of A.Benois
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The birthplace of A.Benois

(signed right corner)

A. Benois

Russian

1961

Works on Paper: Gouache

40x35cm

Dead Fish/Butterfly
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Dead Fish/Butterfly

(signed)

M Larionov

Russian

1951

Works on Paper: Gouache

60x80cm

Yakut Girl
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Yakut Girl

Boris Aleksandrovich Spornikov

Ukrainian

1984

Works on Paper: Gouache

Yakut Girls
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Yakut Girls

Boris Aleksandrovich Spornikov

Ukrainian

1984

Works on Paper: Gouache

Road in the wood
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Road in the wood

P. Konchalovsky

Russian

1963

Works on Paper: Mixed Media

60x30cm

Lake View
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Lake View

P. Konchalovsky

Russian

Unknown Date

Works on Paper: Watercolour

40x60cm

Small Business- Moscow
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Small Business- Moscow

Nikolai Terpsikhorov

Russian

1919

Works on Paper: Watercolour

80x60cm

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