That is what I wrote on my ticket to the national art museum in Latvia, while looking at socialist realist painting.
I learned about Nationalist Modernism that day, and the National Constructivism of Romans Suta. I saw how the St. Petersburg institution where painters were trained, had constrained them. The museum also had a wonderful set of posters for its own exhibits, going back almost a hundred years.
3 thoughts on ““Socialist realism is condescending and Republican””
Do you mean the term “socialist realism” or the style itself? What about it makes it condescending? And by Republican, do you mean right-wing?
These are the questions I need to answer in a longer post, yes. I am pressed for time now but will respond.