Social realism is still a very controversial topic.
Alexander Gerasimov (12 August 1881 – 23 July 1963) was a prominent figure of Socialist Realism, who painted Joseph Stalin and other Soviet leaders.
Winner of four Stalin State Prizes (1941, 1943, 1946, 1949).
In his youth, Gerasimov took a great interest in impressionism,but starting from 1920s began to paint in the genre of socialist realism.
Gerasimov’s paintings are made in vivid, intense colors and often focus on the history of Soviet and Party.
He was also a book illustrator (“Taras Bulba” by Nikolai Gogol).