Why Stalin 's Propaganda Used Red And Black Colors And Portrayed The Society

987 Words Dec 14th, 2015 4 Pages
was omnipresent, like Augustus’ portraits. Under totalitarian rule, artists and designers hid truths and promoted ideologies in print. Their techniques were clever and persuasive. The Soviets used art to promote ideas of a new society and a new man. This propaganda was used to win over the intellectuals as well as the average man.
Similar to Augustus, Stalin stressed himself as the leader. When Stalin came to power, he sent the region into full communism and demanded more industrialization. Stalin controlled propaganda, and set up posters everywhere from factories, farms, public spaces, and schools. Most of Stalin’s propaganda used red and black colors and portrayed the Society Union as the victor of peace and justice. Anyone suspected of opposition was sent to camps or shot. Terror in art existed even until Stalin’s death in 1953.
But why did this happen? How did too different leaders more than a millennia apart build tyrannical empires and rule them with success? Jacqueline Adams holds the answer. Adams, a graduate of the University of Cambridge, currently works at the University of Berkeley as an assistant professor of sociology. Adams states, “Turning to theoretical studies of art, the best-known sociological work, Howard S. Becker’s Art Worlds (1982), states that change in art happens through changes in the art world—the network of cooperating people involved in the production of the art.” (Adams 48: 533) By this she means new forms of art (like propaganda) start with…

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