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date: 10 December 2019

Social Realism 

A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ian Chilvers,

John Glaves-Smith

A very broad term for painting (or literature or other art) that comments on contemporary social, political, or economic conditions, usually from a left-wing viewpoint, in a realistic manner. Often the term carries with it the suggestion of protest or propaganda in the interest of social reform. However, it does not imply any particular style: ... ...

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