socialist realism


Definition of socialist realism

: a Marxist aesthetic theory calling for the didactic use of literature, art, and music to develop social consciousness in an evolving socialist state

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Examples of socialist realism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More intriguing is that the artist didn’t quite abandon socialist realism, the official style she was taught at Beijing’s Central Academy of the Arts. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 His movies represented a radical departure from socialist realism, a typical communist-era genre focusing on realistically depicting the struggles of the working class., 7 Sep. 2020 Nearly a century on, socialist realism can finally be fun. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 18 Nov. 2019 The Nazis forced the Bauhaus out of Dessau in 1932, and in the same year the Soviet Union dissolved independent artists’ unions and promulgated the single style of socialist realism. Jason Farago, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2018 Not some ideological socialist realism, but the day to day unprettified round of ordinary life. The Economist, 21 Apr. 2018 This show is a bit too light on Tarsila’s later work, concentrating on the genesis moment of Brazilian Modernism in the 1920s, rather than her 1930s engagement with socialist realism, a genre MoMA has always shied away from. Jason Farago, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018 In the thirties and forties, in ways that became art-world conventional wisdom, some critics equated regionalism with the blood-and-soil mystique of Nazism and/or socialist realism. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2018 Three Songs About Lenin (1934), Lullaby (1937), and The Three Heroines (1938) all hewed to the Stalinist party line, though Vertov's abiding sense of reverie left him out of step with the socialist realism of the era. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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