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Social Realism Essay

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Social realism
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Grant Wood, American Gothic,1930. American Gothic has become a widely known (and often parodied) icon of social realism.
Social Realism, an international art movement, refers to the work of painters, printmakers, photographers and filmmakers who draw attention to the everyday conditions of the working classes and the poor, and who are critical of the social structures that maintain these conditions. While the movement's artistic styles vary from nation to nation, it almost always utilizes a form of descriptive or critical realism.[1]
Social Realism should not be confused with Socialist Realism, the official Soviet art form that was institutionalized by Joseph Stalin in 1934 and was later adopted by allied Communist parties worldwide.[1]
  * 1 Origins
  * 2 In the United States
      * 2.1 Ashcan school
      * 2.2 FSA project
      * 2.3 WPA
  * 3 Gallery
  * 4 In Latin America
  * 5 In Europe
  * 6 In film
      * 6.1 In British cinema
      * 6.2 In Indian cinema
  * 7 List of artists
  * 8 See also
  * 9 References
Social realism traces back to 19th-century European Realism, including the art of Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet. Britain's Industrial Revolutionaroused concern for the urban poor, and in the 1870s the work of artists such as Luke Fildes, Hubert von Herkomer, Frank Holl, and William Small were widely reproduced in The Graphic. Similar concerns were addressed in 20th-century Britain by the Artists' International Association, Mass Observation and the Kitchen sink school.[1]...

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