Deineka

One of the many artists I discovered at the Revolution! exhibition currently on at the RA.

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Deineka produced art that lauded the new, mechanised age, whilst also critiquing it. One cotton factory is shown as a pure white paradise of calm and efficiency, staffed by blonde women and scarily gaunt, robotic young boys, whilst a cow wanders by on the dirt track outside.

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This image from the civil war, showing workers replacing soldiers, is similarly bleak, but later works were more carefully triumphalist and anodyne.

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