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Classification of Stalin’s images in Soviet art of postwar era

Rutsinskaya Irina

Doctor of Cultural Studies

professor of the Department of Regional Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University

119192, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Lomonosovskii Prospekt, 31/1, of. 226

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Abstract: Works of the Soviet visual art of the 1940’s – early 1950’s, dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, were incorporated to a rigid hierarchical system. The highest position within it belonged to images of the chieftain. The requirements of the official order, same as personal pursuits of the artists-Stalinists, predetermined the creation of the largest amount of storylines for demonstrating all guises of Stalin-the commander and Staling – “the great organizer of victory”. As a result was formulated a distinct visual narrative, which main episodes are easily susceptible to classification. The article is first to explore the most popular storylines and compositional patterns, which visualized the myth of Stalin – brilliant strategist and commander. The sources for this research became the widely known and practically unknown oeuvres of the Soviet painting and graphics of the Stalin era, majority of which are not in the center of attention of art historians and culturologists. Iconographic transformation of Stalin’s images are viewed in unity with stylistic changes of artworks of the postwar period.

Keywords: graphics, painting, images, military commander, Stalin, socialist realism, Great Patriotic War, iconography, leader, classification
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