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Despite what you think, many Socialist Realism arts are filled with [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome tons of artistic details]].


Despite what you think, many Socialist Realism arts are filled with [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome tons of artistic details]].

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Despite what you think, many Socialist Realism arts are filled with [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome tons of artistic details]].

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Despite what you think, many Socialist Realism arts are filled with [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome tons of artistic details]].


If you want to create something different... you can't. No, really. The Party gives you money. The Party is responsible for promotion of your works. [[BigBrotherIsWatching The Party knows where you live.]] If you create something in different style, you're a class traitor. They will not actually imprison you or charge you in court unless you actively tackle the Soviet system or ideology in your works, but they will never publish your work, and you will possibly get a social stigma.

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If you want to create something different... you can't. No, really. The Party gives you money. The Party is responsible for promotion of your works. [[BigBrotherIsWatching The Party knows where you live.]] If you create something in different style, you're a class traitor. They will not actually imprison you or charge you in court unless you actively tackle At the Soviet system or ideology in absolute bare minimum, your works, but they work will never publish your work, see the light of day, and you may be sent to a [[TheGulag gulag]] (where [[HellholePrison you will possibly get inevitably die in a social stigma.
manner that the state can easily wash their hands of]]) or simply shot in the head by the StateSec in addition to this.


The third artist asked the ruler to put on a cape, to hide his hump, mount a horse, to hide the limp, and drew him from the side of his remaining eye. The ruler liked the picture, and gave the artist two sacks of gold. This was the birth and the start of evolution of Social Realism.

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The third artist asked the ruler to put on a cape, to hide his hump, mount a horse, to hide the limp, and drew him from the side of his remaining eye. The ruler liked the picture, and gave the artist two sacks of gold. This was the birth and the start of evolution of Social Socialist Realism.

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Here is another joke, existing in numerous variants:

--> There once lived a ruler, who was limping, hunchbacked and one eyed. He wanted people to remember him, so he decided to have an artist make his portrait.\\
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The first artist came, and drew the ruler as he was. The ruler took a look, and said "I don't want people to remember me as a freak"! The artist was executed, and the painting was destroyed. This was the birth and death of {{Realism}}.\\
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The next artist, having heard about what happened to his predecessor, drew a portrait of the ruler without his flaws. The ruler took a look and said "It's a good painting, but I want people to remember ''me'', and this isn't me." The artist was executed, and the painting was destroyed. This was the birth and death of {{Romanticism}}.\\
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The third artist asked the ruler to put on a cape, to hide his hump, mount a horse, to hide the limp, and drew him from the side of his remaining eye. The ruler liked the picture, and gave the artist two sacks of gold. This was the birth and the start of evolution of Social Realism.


A style of art prevalent in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties and the death of UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).

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A style of art prevalent in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] and Eastern Bloc roughly between UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties and the death of UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).


A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between TheSovietTwenties and the death of JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).

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A style of art prevalent in the SovietUnion UsefulNotes/SovietUnion and Eastern Bloc roughly between TheSovietTwenties UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties and the death of JosephStalin.UsefulNotes/JosephStalin. It was the only official and acceptable style of poetry, architecture and essentially any other art (with the CulturePolice ready to send you to the gulag if you disagreed).


* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist", etc.

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* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist", etc.
etc. Basically the opposite of TrueArtIsIncomprehensible as the Soviets wanted to appeal to the common worker. In a twist of fate, most other socialists in the west began to favor abstract art.


** Technically, the first two were called "critical realism" because they depicted life under capitalism. Actual socialist realism took place in a {{Utopia}}n depiction of socialism and gave writers nightmares trying to put some conflict in.

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** Technically, the first two were called "critical realism" because they depicted life under capitalism. Actual socialist realism "realism" took place in a {{Utopia}}n depiction of socialism and gave writers nightmares trying to put some conflict in.


* ''Plattenbau'' architecture

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* ''Plattenbau'' architecturearchitecture (Although strictly what occurred under Stalin's reign. Much of the architecture post World War II used a similar, but less distinct style for urban development.)


* Common in {{North Korea}}n architecture. Pyongyang is actually thousands of years old, but you wouldn't know it from all the 1950s Soviet-style architecture. The city was actually bombed into near oblivion during TheKoreanWar, so the communist government rebuilt it largely from scratch. North Korea also does their propaganda posters in this style.

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* Common in {{North UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}}n architecture. Pyongyang is actually thousands of years old, but you wouldn't know it from all the 1950s Soviet-style architecture. The city was actually bombed into near oblivion during TheKoreanWar, UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, so the communist government rebuilt it largely from scratch. North Korea also does their propaganda posters in this style.


* ''Proletarian.'' Protagonist should be working class (this included farmers and soldiers, but usually we're talking about a factory drama).
* ''Typical.'' Situations that could happen (for instance in factory).
* ''Partisan.'' Advocating for Communism. The hero should either be oppressed by capitalists, agitating to crush capitalism, or owe much to the Communist Revolution - ideally all three. Depicting something merely because it exists is merely ''naturalism'' -- not good.

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* ''Proletarian.'' Protagonist The protagonists should be working class (this {{working class|Hero}}. This included farmers and soldiers, but usually we're talking about a factory drama).
drama.
* ''Typical.'' Situations The work should be based around situations that could happen (for instance instance, in a factory).
* ''Partisan.'' Advocating The work must explicitly advocate for Communism. The hero should either be oppressed by capitalists, agitating to crush capitalism, or owe much to the Communist Revolution - -- ideally all three. Depicting something merely because it exists is merely ''naturalism'' -- not good.



* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation - none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa - anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist" etc.

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* ''Realistic.'' In terms of representation - -- none of the abstract modern art hated by your grandpa - -- anything not strictly representational was "decadent", "bourgeois", "formalist" "formalist", etc.



A young writer brings his first story to a publishing agency. The editor reads the first phrase: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet". "What? - he says. - A story about some anti-Soviet count? Where is the working class? Remake it!".

A day later, the writer comes again. The first line now reads: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit". "Better - said the editor. - But I don't see the role of Communism".

Another day later, the writer brings another version of the story: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit and singing L'Internationale". "Much better!" - said the editor. "The last thing to be added here is the bright future!"

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A -->A young writer brings his first story to a publishing agency. The editor reads the first phrase: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet". "What? - "What?" he says. - A "A story about some anti-Soviet count? Where is the working class? Remake it!".

it!"\\
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A day later, the writer comes again. The first line now reads: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit". "Better - "Better," said the editor. - But "But I don't see the role of Communism".

Communism."\\
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Another day later, the writer brings another version of the story: "The count was rattling cuffs on a parquet, and down the street Vakula the blacksmith was forging some whatchamacallit and singing L'Internationale". "Much better!" - said the editor. "The last thing to be added here is the bright future!"
future!"\\
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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://www.mockduck.net/2009/09/06/oafish-state-sponsored-art/ this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller Czechoslovak soldier.

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To modern eyes, Socialist Realism sometimes seems to be bursting with HoYay. For example, [[http://www.mockduck.net/2009/09/06/oafish-state-sponsored-art/ this statue outside Prague's main rail station]] which depicts a large Russian soldier locked in a passionate embrace with a smaller (somewhat effeminate) Czechoslovak soldier joyously embracing a significantly larger Russian soldier.


Not to be confused with SocialRealism, which is a related style but distinct genre. Many social realist artists were also socialists (though not necessarily Marxists), but the style is not necessarily political.

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Not to be confused with SocialRealism, Social Realism, colloquially known as KitchenSinkDrama, which is a closely related style but a very distinct genre. Many social realist artists were also socialists (though not necessarily Marxists), but the style is not necessarily political.
political and certainly isn't part of any official PropagandaMachine when it is; if anything, it tends to be quite ''anti''-Establishment.

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