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"Mayakovsky at the ROSTA Agency" (1941)
Alexander Deineka (1899-1969) stood somewhere in the middle of these debates, sometimes associating with the Constructivists and at others aligning himself with various neo-realist groups. This heroic, monumental portrait, "Mayakovsky at the ROSTA Agency" (1941), shows Deineka in a socialist realism mode. Mayakovsky towers over all, a symbol of socialist purposefulness. He is engaged in painting Bolshevik propaganda posters, an activity in which he was sometimes engaged in the years immediately after the Revolution.

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