Trotsky’s struggle against Stalin entered a new and final phase with the start of World War II just a week later. It is my general impression that the editors of Partisan Review are capable, educated and intelligent people but they have nothing to say. You evidently wish to create a small cultural monastery, guarding itself from the outside world by skepticism, agnosticism and respectability. Although the sheets were devised with the knowledge that their life was but a day, in the history of art they have lasted down the years. Capital is hostile to art. The innate conservatism of the human mind does not only apply to "ordinary mortals". This seemed a black art, and its Mephistophelian character was emphasized by that wavy black hair and a short, pointed beard. These cuts and gashes give even greater life to the frescoes. Only with the introduction of the NEP did the revolution obtain a short breathing space which permitted a greater interest in things like art and literature. This flowed not at all solely from publicity seeking (although there was no lack of this). Naturally, the bourgeoisie has taken advantage of the confusion to launch an unprecedented ideological offensive against the ideas of socialism. Silence, you orators! But the desire of the petit bourgeois to identify with the revolution was both healthy and progressive. En témoigne le Manifeste pour un Art Révolutionnaire Indépendant, un document « … Does the eye of the eagle fade? His attitude to this "chaos" was the other side to his reaction to the storm and stress of the Revolution itself. In general, however, propaganda is mainly interested in delivering a message that is entirely external to the art-form utilised. “Art can neither escape the crisis nor partition itself off. ), With their freshness and immediacy, these agitprop posters have every right to be considered as genuine art. In one way this was a positive development. What Is Proletarian Culture, and Is It Possible? Victor Shklovsky writes: "The city [Petrograd] was empty. Nevertheless, the latter provides an understanding of the general socio-economic changes which shape and determine the general nature and psychology of the period in which the development of all branches of human culture unfold, the climate of the times that exercises, albeit unconsciously, a powerful conditioning effect on art and literature, along with everything else. In every nation - even the smallest one - there is a wealth of talent and cultural and artistic potential. In order to do this, they based themselves on the most advanced thought of the greatest thinkers produced by class society: German classical philosophy, English classical economics and French utopian socialism. The elements of this revolt can be seen in every strike. Such art "grovels in the dirt, but against what is real, actual, in other words against mankind itself, in its future victories, against mankind's great tomorrow!" It can even be useful as a harmless safety valve that allows young people to "blow off steam", while preserving the rule of the exploiters. How can a corpse be entrusted with deciding whether Marxism is a living force? What is it? 21.) The fall of the USSR has forced many people to rethink their basic positions. However, we may request other information where it is appropriate and relevant, for example: (2) any communication preferences you give; (3) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views; and/or. At all times we aim to respect any personal data you share with us, or that we receive from other organisations, and keep it safe. In the process MacDonald separated himself from his associate editors and launched a new magazine Politics which, after wallowing helplessly in political, cultural and esthetic disorientation, recently folded up. But, as Engels explains in his masterpiece The Role of Labour in the Transition of Ape to Man, it was the hand that created the brain, not the other way round. In contrast to the drabness and conformity that is the chief hallmark of Stalinist "socialist realism", the art that emerged from the October revolution was an outpouring of a free spirit. Only in recent years has this remarkable period of art been given the attention it undoubtedly deserves, both in Russia and in the West. But never before has the prospect been as menacing and catastrophic as now. No one will be granted either pardon or respite. On July 1, 1925 the Central Committee passed a resolution on the policy of the Party towards literature, which says among other things: "Communist criticism must ban any tone of commandism. But what is truly remarkable was the outburst of artistic talent that came from the Bolshevik revolution and of which people in the West are only now beginning to be aware. Trotsky was born in 1877, and was forty when the Russian revolution broke out. Ajouter à ma liste d'envies Liste d'envies; Alerte prix Prix. The extreme division between mental and manual labour shuts off the majority of humanity from culture which appears to them what it essentially is: the monopoly of the privileged few. A poverty of ideas, a total lack of any originality and content, capable of producing only a sense of tedium and disgust in any minimally cultivated mind. The advances of science and technology are such that -if they were utilised rationally under a planned economy- the working day could be reduced to a minimum expression. The same process can be observed in every great revolution in history. In the victorious revolution there is not only the revolution, but there is also the new privileged class which raises itself on the shoulders of the revolution. Schools, concert halls, theatres, public libraries, all fall under the axe. I want paintings to be connected not by cords but by their artistic significance to walls or to a cupola, to the purpose of a building, to the character of a room...and not hanging like a hat on a hat stand. What can one hope for or demand of artists who are forced to follow with their brushes the crude lines of what they themselves realize is an historical falsification? The people who deal with this belong in their turn to special spheres in the division of labour and appear to themselves to be working in an independent field. Leon Trotsky’s Collected Writings On Literature and Art. ), Later on we read: "But the philosophy of every epoch, since it is a definite sphere in the division of labour, has as its presupposition certain definite intellectual material handed down to it by its predecessors, from which it takes its start. There is a flood of speech, of street corner oratory, of questioning and discussion everywhere: in the streets, in the factories, in the army barracks. This protest can take many forms. Generally speaking, art is an expression of man’s need for an harmoni… Dozens, hundreds, thousands of books, films, canvases, sculptures immortalize and glorify such historic “episodes.” Thus the numerous pictures devoted to the October revolution do not fail to represent a revolutionary “Center,” with Stalin at its head, which never existed. This science of marvellous industry is simultaneously the science of asceticism, and its true ideal is the ascetic but extortionate miser and the ascetic but productive slave. The protest of artists and musicians against capitalism and the values of the market (more accurately, the values of the jungle) still continue. But the desire to express the emotions aroused by such electrifying events gives rise to art of a very special character. The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls 'inspiration.' This is where art becomes fused with revolution, becomes its very heart and soul. It must learn..." Furthermore, the Party declares itself in favour of the free emulation of literary schools, "any other decision would necessarily be bureaucratic". Picture galleries, those concentration camps for colours and beauty, serve but as a monstrous appendage to our colourless and unsightly daily reality." Only when society breaks the suffocating stranglehold of rent, interest and profit, will the material conditions begin to be created for the attainment of genuine freedom, for the free development of human beings. The unification of art and industry. Equally it can be said that humans differ from other animals by possessing art, literature, science or philosophy. In Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Bureaucracy, Thomas M. Twiss traces the development of Trotsky’s thinking on this issue from the first years after the Bolshevik Revolution through the Moscow Trials of the 1930s. Art, culture, politics need a new perspective. However, it appears from documents long known to the public, that Stalin was in prison at that time and besides not in Tiflis but in Batum. Under the guise of a belated recognition of the October revolution, the “left” wing of the western intelligentsia has fallen on its knees before the Soviet bureaucracy. As early as 1913 he wrote: "Modernism in painting, which was accused by representatives of the old academic piety of malicious far-fetchedness and false mannerism was, in fact, a life-giving protest against the old style which had outlived itself and turned into a pose." We may update this Policy from time to time without notice to you, so please check it regularly. We see the beginnings of world culture, world literature, art and music. Leavis. But these words of Marx-profoundly true words-by no means implied that the working class in its struggle for socialism should dispense with the cultural weapons which had been forged by the bourgeoisie. It is heroic poetry on the grand scale, but it is aimed, not at a minority of people, but at the masses engaged in a titanic life-and-death struggle. Human history has never seen anything to equal this in scope and impudence. Source: Fourth International, March–April 1950, Vol. Not a single progressive idea has begun with a “mass base,” otherwise it would not have been a progressive idea. Freud long ago demolished the notion that human thought and actions are free. Real art is always revolutionary by its very nature. At times this tendency gave rise to excesses, but then what revolution does not give rise to excesses? Art and science require freedom in order to develop. It is the modern equivalent of "bread and circuses". And in order for art or literature to act as communication, it must have something to say. (Ibid., p. In Spain in the revolutionary years between 1931 and 1937, Madrid and Barcelona were capable of sustaining no fewer than 18 and 16 daily papers respectively. 17. Beyond the oceans! (4) any other information shared with us as per clause 1. The decline of bourgeois society means an intolerable exacerbation of social contradictions, which are transformed inevitably into personal contradictions, calling forth an ever more burning need for a liberating art. Année: 2007. We will rely on this ground to process your personal data when it is not practical or appropriate to ask for consent. (Marx and Engels, Selected Correspondence, pp. Far from it. Your information will also be provided to us when you follow us or otherwise interact with on or via Twitter, when you like and/or join our page on Facebook or interact with us in other ways on or via Facebook. A work of philosophy may be written in a good literary style; it may or may not move us to tears or laughter. Note: The following letter by Leon Trotsky appeared in one of the early issues of Partisan Review in 1938 under the editorship of Dwight MacDonald. The first manifestation of this desire to know is the explosion of information, especially the multiplication of newspapers. The best poster art of the period immediately following the Russian revolution can be accepted as an art form that derives from the Russian Constructivist school. In this way, he consolidated the authority of the Bolsheviks and the October revolution and helped to attract the best of the artists and writers to the revolutionary cause. Bolshevism and Stalinism are mutually exclusive opposites. The way to develop this potential, however, is not, as narrow-minded nationalists assume, by shutting themselves off from the rest of the world, but by uniting the particular to the general, by contributing the cultural riches of every people to the general store of human knowledge, and thus enriching the whole of humanity. The first condition of this regeneration is the overthrow of the domination of the Kremlin bureaucracy. It is the sad fate of the anarchists to eternally contemplate the rear parts of the working class. To tremble at the thought of the concentration camp is certainly not admirable. Its moral ideal is the worker who takes part of his wages to the savings-bank, and it has even found ready-made a servile art which embodies this pet idea: it has been presented, bathed in sentimentality, on the stage. But it was a precarious set-up that soon collapsed. More than three thousand works were displayed. This is just another indication that capitalism, especially in its modern phase of senile monopoly capitalism, is antagonistic to art, and that the best and most conscious of the artists must enter into conflict with it. Art, music and literature will flourish as never before. It is necessary to say a few words concerning the gradual preparation of this falsification. Otherwise than as set out in this Privacy Policy, we will only ever share your data with your informed consent. The principal heroes of this piece, according to the words of the author, are “Lenin, Stalin and Voroshilov. Copyleft: Leon Trotsky Internet Archive ( 2003. In reality, as impartial documents bear witness, the army of Tsaritsin – one of the two dozen armies of the revolution – played a rather sorry role. No one knows what happened to the unfortunate picture, which was paid for from State funds. Left! But by this time, the process of bureaucratic degeneration had already commenced. After that, new challenges will open up before the human race: having become masters of the planet, humans will stretch out their hands to the stars. The very Symposium title itself sounds extremely pretentious and at the same time confused. Styles that were apparently extinct make a reappearance, as when Renaissance Europe rediscovered the art of ancient Greece, or the artists of the French Revolution rediscovered classicism. Posters were drawn at night, to be pasted up on the streets in the morning. The poetry of Mayakovsky was listened to in wrapt attention by workers and soldiers who were beginning to discover a new dimension to life and to their own individual personality. It will rot away inevitably — as Grecian art rotted beneath the ruins of a culture founded on slavery — unless present-day society is able to rebuild itself. Moreover, it frequently happens that, in its search for something new, the artist will revert to earlier forms. As long as this monopoly continues to exist, so long will society be divided by an abysm. With the docility which distinguishes it, Soviet art so-called, has made this bureaucratic myth into one of its favorite subjects for artistic creation. 3 Moscow, 1975, pp. The revolution provided an abundance of material for the artist. This Privacy Policy does not cover external websites and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. ), but also some of those (a minority, unfortunately) who have "made it" but have not forgotten where they came from and have not yet sold their soul to the devil. Here we have a sorry spectacle of cultural and moral bankruptcy. Moreover, the revolution struck a note that resonated deeply in the masses, arousing a thirst for knowledge and culture that had long been repressed under class society. The revolutionary artists who emerged from October were able to base themselves on a very rich tradition. Marxism explains that the viability of any socio-economic system depends in the last analysis on the development of the productive forces. “Independence” and “freedom” are two empty notions. They embody your and your forefathers' spiritual strength'." But is it much better to foredoom oneself and one’s ideas to this grim hospitality? By thus reducing the artistic level of society to a bare minimum, and increasingly alienating the "serious arts" from social reality, capitalism guarantees a continuous degeneration and pauperisation of art in general. Even the unfortunate “friends” – but evidently not the intellectual and moral shallows of The New Republic and Nation – are beginning to tire of the yoke and whip. Every new tendency in art has begun with rebellion. As a young man he wrote articles on Ibsen and Gogol. Trotsky’s deterministic, traditionally Marxist conception of art had led him even earlier to deny the possibility of socialist or proletarian art under the conditions of his time. Art no more starts anew with every generation than does economics, philosophy, science or technology. Art; Music; Numéro Cinq at the Movies; Uimhir a Cúig; Numero Cinco; NC Blog ; On the Genealogy of Style: Marx, Nietzsche, Lacan — Noah R. Gataveckas. His voluminous Commedie Humaine contains a very precise description of French society in the early years of the 19th century, and in particular a detailed portrait of the rise of a new social type -the French bourgeois. This question is fully developed in my History of the Russian Revolution in the chapter entitled Legends of the Bureaucracy. An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. Shakespearean tragedy is the best example. So-called free will has never existed except in idealist philosophy and religion (which basically amounts to the same thing). Personal data, however provided to us, will be used for the purposes specified in this Policy or in relevant parts of the website. Leon Trotsky and the Art of Insurrection 1905 1917. It appears as the domination of one culture which subordinates all the others to itself. Trotsky (Russian: Троцкий) is a Russian biographical eight-episode television mini-series about Leon Trotsky directed by Alexander Kott and Konstantin Statsky. For the first time the majority of men and women would have access to the world of culture, art and science, thus unleashing a vast untapped potential for human progress. Here a painting by Rubens or Velazquez is reduced to the same value as so much sugar, oil or underpants. The style of present-day official Soviet painting is called “socialist realism.” The name itself has evidently been invented by some high functionary in the department of the arts. For the cinematic elaboration of this mythical “Center,” see page 55 of this issue. It is complex and contradictory, involving many different aspects. Their discontent, however, can lead nowhere insofar as it is not linked to the struggle for an alternative form of society in which art can find its way back to humanity. The awakening of the unconscious. And above the ridge new peaks will rise." If, on the contrary, you do not consider my “sectarian” tone a hindrance to a future exchange of opinion then I remain fully at your service. Lenin discussed with Lunacharsky the idea of erecting monuments to the great revolutionaries of the past. On Literature and Art Leon Trotsky. Art cannot save itself. The emancipation of humanity could only be achieved by revolutionary means. Despite the reconversions of these intellectuals to capitalism and Stalinism, the two great incarnations of reaction in our time, Trotsky’s remarks on the relations of art and politics retain their validity and urgency. You can check the personal data we hold about you, and ask us to update it where necessary, by emailing us at Truly intellectual creation is incompatible with lies, hypocrisy and the spirit of conformity. Alexis Tolstoy, who has finally permitted the courtesan to master the artist, has written a novel expressly to glorify the military exploits of Stalin and Voroshilov at Tsaritsin. The breaking down of all barriers in the way of human communication and intercourse in turn creates the conditions for an internationalisation of culture. A passionate search for the truth motivated these Soviet artists, and although the results were often uneven, there is a kind of fearless honesty and integrity about all of them. Trotsky; REF : 9782070467716 . Fourth International, August 1944. A spirit of experimentation predominated. The artist lives in society and must fall under its influence as much as any other men and women. Thus, the objectification of the human essence, both in its theoretical and practical aspects, is required to make man's sense human, as well as to create the human sense corresponding to the entire wealth of human and natural substance." Its entire being is centred on money-grubbing in its narrowest and most repulsive sense. (4) Right of rectification – if you believe our records of your personal information are inaccurate, you have the right to ask for those records to be updated. It does not require a great deal of intelligence to understand that people's ideas, views and conceptions (i.e., consciousness) change with every change in the material conditions of life. There were more than a few of such improvisations in the whirlwind of this period. But sooner or later, the slaves move to break their chains - not only the physical ones but the mental ones also. Any attempt to shed light on the development of art, literature and music must come as the result of an objective study of the subject matter itself. These writers and artists had an insatiable desire for the new, a hunger for innovation that equally reflected the spirit of these inspiring times. Their way had been paved by Russian pre-revolutionary artists such as Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel and Victor Borisov-Musatov, who had experimented with exciting new art forms. Although art, literature and music have their own laws of development which cannot be reduced to those of economics or sociology, they are also not separated from society by a Chinese Wall. Expressing (by mistake, I hope) his sympathy for your publication, he writes: “I can see no hope however [?] We do not knowingly process data of any person under the age of 16. The years immediately after October released the colossal pent-up creative potential of the Russian people-not just the working people, but also the best layers of the intelligentsia True, a certain layer could not adapt, and some even took up a hostile attitude. Renaissance sculpture mastered the art of movement. Within the left-wing movement, they were Among the new monuments we have such works as Victor Sinaisky's sculpture of Lassale, Konionkov's Stepan Razin and his Men, and Tatlin's impressive and imaginative Tower-Monument to the Third International, which was never built and exists only in a model of wood and wire. The crushing domination of the world market is the most important fact of the epoch in which we live. Trotsky needs no further claim to fame, but he was also a literary critic of note, well-regarded enough to have attracted the attention of T.S. It is not possible to understand the development of art purely from a biological, psychological or genetic standpoint. Capitalism destroys national culture just as it breaks down the barriers to trade which stand in the way of its universal domination. The conditions in which we live and work are already sufficiently unbearable. In this context it was necessary for the proletariat to absorb and assimilate the best of the culture of the old society. These “splinters” did not suffer from anemia; on the contrary, they carried within themselves the germs of the great historical movements of tomorrow. Magical Realism is a style of literature and art that depicts a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements. In the present period capitalism has succeeded in uniting the entire world under its domination. The separation of the different aspects of production, culminating in the division of mental and manual labour, is the prior condition for the separation of mankind into classes, with all that this implies for humanity. There are many reasons for the failure of Trotskist groups. Nearer our own times, Picasso's early Cubist experiments reflect the influence of African tribal art, while the rhythms of Africa brought to America hundreds of years ago by black slaves forms the basis of modern jazz and "pop" music in all its forms. Here was the influence of French Cubists and Italian futurists. From such a medium great art is unlikely to flow. But precisely in this path history has set a formidable snare for the artist. He abandoned the idea of socialism in one country which sparked the requirement of an international “permanent revolution”. Source: Fourth International, March–April 1950, Vol. Left! Is it not self-evident that the greatest efforts of investigative thought and of creative initiative will be in that direction? The prior condition for the progress of humanity is the struggle for the socialist transformation of society on a world scale. The launching of the AARR (the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia) represented the first move of the Bureaucracy to "establish order", that is to establish its control over the artists and writers of the Soviet Republic. When an artistic tendency has exhausted its creative resources, creative “splinters” separate from it, which are able to look at the world with new eyes. This comparison has just about as much validity as the comparison between the political regime of Stalinist totalitarianism and the workers' democracy of the regime of Lenin and Trotsky. After all, conservative routine is the guiding principle of every bureaucracy. I came rather close to Trotsky during the year and nine months that I spent in Russia in 1922 to 1924, for he agreed to tell me his life story and let me make a book of it. Stalin, jealous of Trotsky’s influence on the party, used intimidation and untrustworthy methods to cause decreased popularity of Trotsky, eventually expelling him from the Communist party, exiling him, and then having him assassinated. We recommend that you check this Privacy Policy occasionally to ensure you remain happy with it. In Michelangelo the body creates for itself its own individual movement, whereas in Rodin, on the contrary, movement finds for itself the body it needs." In reality, the “leftist” intelligentsia has tried to change masters. For example, it would be utterly absurd to attempt to derive the laws that govern the development of art and literature directly from the development of the productive forces. 36. The chief weakness of bourgeois aesthetics is that it rejects a priori the social influences that shape the development of art. Trotsky once asked: how many Aristotles are herding swine? 61–64. In fact, there were lacking neither vacillations, search for solutions, nor impulsive beginnings which led nowhere. No, literature and art must be judged according to their own inherent laws and essence, and not from external considerations which fall outside the scope of art proper. The origin of a given school of art or literature, its rise and fall, must remain a secret insofar as it is studied in isolation from the prevailing mood and trends that surround the artist and writer and affect his or her way of thinking in a decisive fashion. But all the same they themselves remain under the dominating influence of economic development." – a complete incapacity for theoretical thinking. A painting can raise millions of dollars on the London art market. It lacks any broad horizon, any deep philosophy or vision of the future. Leon Trotsky. The ideological base of the conflict between the Fourth and Third Internationals is the profound disagreement not only on the tasks of the party but in general on the entire material and spiritual life of mankind. (Lenin), The Bolshevik Party under Lenin and Trotsky guaranteed the maximum freedom of artistic expression, while striving to win over the writers and artists to the standpoint of Communism. [2] Stalin never belonged to the Military Revolutionary Committee, did not appear at Smolny, staff headuarters of the revolution, had nothing to do with the practical preparation of the insurrection, but was to be found editing Pravda and writing drab articles, which were very little read. Nevertheless, verbal subterfuges and petty maneuvers will be of no use. In Surrealism art, the artist will paint unnerving, illogical scenes, including strange creatures from everyday objects or animals. "I am by no means opposed to partisanship in poetry as such," wrote Engels. Written: 18 June 1938. 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