Art and Socialist Realism

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  • Marc Schleifer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-015-07-1963-11_4

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Abstract

Socialist Realism is not a theory of aesthetics; it is an ethical attitude toward the nature of art and the obligations of the artist. It was not declared an official state policy in the Soviet Union until 1934. Whatever various opinions about art are credited to Lenin, or may be found in his writing, one fact remains—while Lenin lived the USSR recognized, respected, and protected the autonomy of the arts.… Socialist Realism does not concern itself with the personal perception of an artistic or transcendent reality—with the poet's ear probing for the sound; with the painter feeling for the image, or the movement of energy, or the stroke, or the representation, or the arrangement, or the mood that intensely expresses his sense (vision) of things as they are.… The primary assumption of Socialist Realism is that art is subordinate to politics and that therefore art is to be judged by the ethical criteria of political utility.

Published

1963-11-04

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