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"The Condemned" (1872)
Another major concern of the wanderers was the depiction, usually by indirect means, of the social injustices of the day. The left-leaning social consciousness of most of these painters, along with their realistic style, would make them acceptable during the heyday of Socialist Realism from the 1930s through the end of the Soviet period. In this painting, "The Condemned" (1872) by Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky (1846-1920), the prisoner is clearly meant to be a young educated idealist who is being sentenced for attempts to agitate among the peasants.

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