March 5, On This Day
Stalin’s art of propaganda
Communist leader Joseph Stalin died on March 5, 1953, at the age of 75. During his rule of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until 1953, Stalin formalised the ideology of Marxism–Leninism as well as his own policies known as Stalinism — and interestingly, also boosted a style of idealized realistic art or propaganda dubbed as Socialist Realism (not to be confused with social realism).
The official art style of the Soviet Union between 1932 and 1988, Socialist Realism is characterized by depiction of communist values in highly idealized ways. Socialist Realism compelled artists of all forms to create positive or uplifting reflections of socialist utopian life by utilizing media like posters, movies, newspapers, theater and radio.