Soviet Life In Nostalgic Paintings

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When adult Russians see paintings like these, they vividly recollect moments of their earlier years in the country that seems to be gone forever. Days in a village, newborn registration, hard work at a factory or a plant, wearing red scarves, drinking hot tea from a samovar… What’s the point in arguing if that time was better than now or worse? It’s just a pleasure to feel a bit nostalgic.

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Collective farm festival.

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Registration of a new-born baby.

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Holday in a collective farm, 1930s.

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Experience exchange between stockbreeders from sister republics.

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Academician Glushkov and the first Soviet computer.

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Spring.

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Group portrait of communists.

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Young print worker.

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Leningrad. Nevsky Avenue.

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First salary.

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Bungler.

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Tunnel works.

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Meeting a graduate!

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Festival in Uzbekistan.

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Morning at the Karaganda metallurgical plant.

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The Volga river.

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Sewing lesson.

via: pp.userapi.com

3 thoughts on “Soviet Life In Nostalgic Paintings”

  1. Very nice, socialist realism at its best … and its simplest! Although many of these paintings may seem naive in the eyes of western viewers and none of them technically lives up to the standards the old masters, they all reflect the lives and experiences of ordinary working people and are therefore interesting to working people. But after the end of WW2 something strange happened in the west. Painters who chose to paint in this style and who depicted such subjects were shunned by exhibitions and art galleries and they were poo-pooed in the glossy art magazines. Instead, we got Warhol, Pollock, Rauschenberg, de Kooning etc., and there’s a reason for this:

    Modern art was CIA weapon
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

    Eradicating beauty: The destruction of art
    https://www.sott.net/article/279037-Eradicating-beauty-The-destruction-of-art

    Assassins of the Image: the CIA as Cultural Gatekeeper
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/15/assassins-of-the-image-the-cia-as-cultural-gatekeeper/

  2. Another reason for the rise of so-called modern art is that art schools were desperate to keep teachers and staff employed. Therefore they accepted many students who had no talent and were unable to learn traditional art techniques.

    Hence we now have a lot of junk art. Its all 99% explanation and 1% inspiration.

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