Because of a unique set of circumstances, which would be impossible to duplicate, Soviet art from 1930 to 1980 was the twentieth century's major realist school of painting. It powerfully expresses itself with a simple clarity of pictorial language, consummate adeptness and truthful portrayal of life. The Soviet artist acted as a willing collaborator with and portrayer of the aspirations of society. This contrasted with Western models where artists were typically alienated from their community.
Acceptance will come, using the Soviet phrase, because it is 'historically inevitable'. This book will offer a greater understanding of this underrated but artistically exciting movement in Soviet art.