Fascist Aesthetic

Fascist Aesthetic: Associated primarily with Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco, this was art with propagandistic intentions clearly outlined in realist styles, giving it a close resemblance to socialist realism. In Germany, images of youthful blonds reflected myths of Aryan superiority, while the heavy, grandiose architecture at Munich and Nuremberg proclaimed an imperial destiny inherited from antiquity. It strongly contrasts with modern art, dubbed degenerate (entartete) by Hitler.”

Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.

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