45% Off On Orders over $500 (Use Code: 12545X) Promotion (10.25-10.26)

Social Realism Oil Paintings

Social Realism

Social Realism developed as a reaction against idealism and the exaggerated ego encouraged by Romanticism. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution became apparent; urban centers grew, slums proliferated on a new scale contrasting with the display of wealth of the upper classes. With a new sense of social consciousness, the Social Realists pledged to “fight the beautiful art”, any style which appealed to the eye or emotions. They focused on the ugly realities of contemporary life and sympathized with working-class people, particularly the poor. They recorded what they saw (“as it existed”) in a dispassionate manner. The public was outraged by Social Realism, in part, because they didn"t know how to look at it or what to do with it.

Social Realism was broadly accepted during the depression in 1930s in United States. The government used art to sell its political programs during the 30s and 40s. President Roosevelt sought to use the power and resources of the federal government to help those in need during the depression. His administration"s decision had a precedent in Mexico, where the revolutionary government that took control in 1921 employed artists to help forge a national cultural identity. The American painters Ben Shahn, Leon Bibel, and the Mexican painters (muralists)Jos Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera are all examples of Social Realists.

Social Realism was especially common in communist countries. Social Realism appears differently, but it always utilizes a descriptive or critical realism as form.

Read More




























Famous Cities(5)





Poster and Caricature(1)


Genre Painting(60)




Philip Guston(3)

Will Barnet(13)

Jose Clemente Orozco(3)

Alekos Kontopoulos (7)

Carlos Saenz de Tejada(10)

Candido Portinari(2)

Emmanuel Zairis(1)

Charles Wilbert White(7)

Jack Bush(20)

Janos Mattis-Teutsch(1)

Jules Perahim(1)

Hogg’s Hollow, TorontoGallery Price: $540.00
Artisoo Price: $158.00
Farmyard, Hogg’s Hollow, TorontoGallery Price: $550.00
Artisoo Price: $161.00
Front of Villarreal de ÁlavaGallery Price: $550.00
Artisoo Price: $161.00
Winter 1932Gallery Price: $595.00
Artisoo Price: $174.00
FerroGallery Price: $730.00
Artisoo Price: $214.00
The Subway 1928Gallery Price: $525.00
Artisoo Price: $154.00
Bombardment 1937Gallery Price: $530.00
Artisoo Price: $155.00
Stock yardGallery Price: $395.00
Artisoo Price: $115.00
Idle Hands 1935Gallery Price: $560.00
Artisoo Price: $164.00
Gladiators 1940Gallery Price: $620.00
Artisoo Price: $182.00
Bob 2004Gallery Price: $470.00
Artisoo Price: $138.00
DemolitionGallery Price: $630.00
Artisoo Price: $184.00
Our WarGallery Price: $610.00
Artisoo Price: $179.00
The Alcázar of ToledoGallery Price: $560.00
Artisoo Price: $164.00
BlowGallery Price: $510.00
Artisoo Price: $150.00
GuitaristGallery Price: $630.00
Artisoo Price: $184.00
Boats on the BeachGallery Price: $495.00
Artisoo Price: $145.00
BillGallery Price: $530.00
Artisoo Price: $155.00
BearGallery Price: $510.00
Artisoo Price: $150.00

Sign Up For Artisoo.com Email Updates