Saturday, May 8, 2010

(Social) Realism: Belarus

Mikhail Savitsky (1922)

Mikhail Savitsky (Belarusian: Міхаіл Савіцкі) is a Belarusian painter. Born in 1922, he served in the Great Patriotic War in from 1941, but was captured and wasn't released until the end of the war. Some of the paintings Savitsky did were the 1967 "The Partisan Madonna" and the picture cycle "Figures on the Heart." For his work in the arts, he was awarded the title Hero of Belarus in 2006.

The Partisan Madonna

Mai Volfovich Dantsig (1930)
Mai Volfovich Dantsig (Russian: Май Вольфович Данциг; born April 27, 1930 in Minsk ) is a Belarusian artist active during the Soviet era and independence of Belarus. He is considered to be one of the founders of the contemporary Belarusian art.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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