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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.