Skiers - 1926
Painting follows common sports theme
When I asked about how paintings are selected she told me that artistic merit is the number one factor. After that she said, "When considering a Socialist Realist narrative painting, it is primarily its theme, its subject matter and not the political slogan that define the selection." The museum itself does not have enough space to display many paintings from this time period, so the selection process is very strict.
Woman with buckets - 1928 (?)
On the global scale, there is high interest into Russian Socialist Realism paintings. She explained about the international and domestic exhibitions, "In the recent past such exhibitions were associated with reconsideration of the Soviet cultural and artistic legacy and achievement in the context of disintegration of the Soviet Union. As a result, this art was presented in a chronological order and in the academic way (when possible), namely the official art and non-official art, artists of the first rank and of the second rank and so on." There have been a few international exhibits that have begun to occur regularly as well. This huge piece of Russian history and culture is still very much a fascination of the world.