The past two weeks I've been writing like crazy on my final project for school. In the project I researched the effectiveness of socialist realist art. This is an artstyle that originates from the Soviet Union and is just communist propaganda in the form of high art. But although it is propaganda I think it's pretty funny because of how ridiculous the images can get. Harmony, communism and the love for communist leaders like Stalin, Mao and Kim jong il is over exaggerated to the point that I wonder if anyone can even take it seriously. Socialist realism is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine but I don't agree with any of the ideas that it puts forward. This work is meant as parody.
Anyway, I'd like to show what I discovered about the artstyle and it's impact on the viewer in a series of paintings and drawings. In this piece I want to illustrate one of the three big themes in socialist realist art: Happy heroic farmers. With this theme the artist portrays how the life of the simple farmers has improved as a result of the communist revolution. The farmers are happy to work and look healthy and well fed. We know that in reality life under communist rule is not allways so happy and often the people in the Sovjet-Union and North-Korea were starving. This goes to show that any form of criticism is forbidden and only utopian images are accepted. The bright colours that socialist realism uses only emphasize the utopian image even more.
The red banners of the state in the background are there to show the farmers loyalty to the communist party and its leaders. In the sky I drew a few military airplanes to show the technological advancements of the state and ridicule the need of North-Korean socialist realist art to subtely include the army in every painting.
I hope people find this as interesting as I do :3
Another one is coming up soon.
Made with pastels on an underpainting of watercolor.
"Any kind of propaganda can be used as anti-propaganda as well."