The aesthetic realism of Mikhail Lifshits
art, history and the communist ideal
The aesthetics of Mikhail Lifshits may be characterised as a quest for pravda (truth/justice) in art. The article discusses his assessment of the fate of art in the communist revolution and his view on revolution through the prism of classical art. Pondering the metaphysical foundations of his realist aesthetics, Lifshits offered a naturalistic version of the theory of reflection based on the contradistinction of "big" and "small" being.
Maidansky, A. (2016). The aesthetic realism of Mikhail Lifshits: art, history and the communist ideal. Studies in East European Thought 68 (4), pp. 255-270.
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