The Nude in Soviet Socialist Realism: Eugenics and Images of the New Person in the 1920s-1940s

  title={The Nude in Soviet Socialist Realism: Eugenics and Images of the New Person in the 1920s-1940s},
  author={Patricia Anne Simpson},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art},
  pages={113 - 137}
  • P. Simpson
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Political Science
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
This paper explores the apparent ethical parameters for the legitimation of the nude in Soviet Socialist Realist art during the 1930s-40s. The approach is speculative since the nude seems to have raised ethical and bioethical issues concerning the disclosure of, and extent of state control over, the gendered body, that were not, and perhaps could not, be addressed explicitly by contemporary Soviet critics. The argument identifies two main factors for the legitimation of nudes as being: a… 
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