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A Diego Rivera mural depicting factory workers in Detroit
A Diego Rivera mural depicting factory workers in Detroit

Social Realism is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts working class activities as heroic. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1061x750, 220 KB)Photograph of Detroit Industry, South Wall, 1932-33, fresco by Diego Rivera in the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1061x750, 220 KB)Photograph of Detroit Industry, South Wall, 1932-33, fresco by Diego Rivera in the public domain. ... Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo (photographer: Carl Van Vechten) Diego Rivera (born December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico – died November 24, 1957)), full name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) was a cubist painter... Realism in art and literature is the depiction of subjects as they appear, without embellishment or interpretation. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ...


Many artists who subscribed to Social Realism were painters with socialist (but not necessarily Marxist) political views. The movement therefore has some commonalities with the Socialist Realism used in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, but the two are not identical - Social Realism is not an official art, and allows space for subjectivity. In certain contexts, Socialist Realism has been described as a specific branch of Social Realism. A painter is a person who paints woodwork, walls, etc. ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Roses for Stalin, Boris Vladimirski, 1949 Socialist realism is a teleologically-oriented style of realistic art which has as its purpose the furtherance of the goals of socialism and communism. ... A map of the Eastern Bloc. ... Subject (philosophy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Social Realism has been summarized as follows:

Social Realism developed as a reaction against idealism and the exaggerated ego encouraged by Romanticism. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution became apparent; urban centers grew, slums proliferated on a new scale contrasting with the display of wealth of the upper classes. With a new sense of social consciousness, the Social Realists pledged to “fight the beautiful art”, any style which appealed to the eye or emotions. They focused on the ugly realities of contemporary life and sympathized with working-class people, particularly the poor. They recorded what they saw (“as it existed”) in a dispassionate manner. The public was outraged by Social Realism, in part, because they didn't know how to look at it or what to do with it (George Shi, University of Fine Arts, Valencia).[citation needed]

Social realists focused on the ugly realities of contemporary life and sympathized with the working-class people, in particularly the poor. They recorded what they saw (as it existed) with an unenthused outlook. The public was outraged by Social Realism because they didn't know how to look at it and how to comprehend its realism to life at that time (Guy)[citation needed]

The American painters Ben Shahn, Leon Bibel, the Australian painter Noel Counihan and the Mexican painters José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera are all examples of Social Realists. Sacco & Vanzetti mosaic by Ben Shahn, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Ben Shahn (September 12, 1898 - March 14, 1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist and teacher. ... Leon Bibel (1913-1995) was a Polish-American painter and printmaker during the Great Depression. ... Noel Counihan (October 4, 1913 - July 5, 1986) was an Australian social realist painter. ... José Clemente Orozco. ... Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo (photographer: Carl Van Vechten) Diego Rivera (born December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico – died November 24, 1957)), full name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) was a cubist painter...


The Australian playwright and novelist Dorothy Hewett is an example of a Social Realist author. A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Dorothy Coade Hewett, (May 21, 1923 – August 25, 2002), was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, librettist, and playwright. ...


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