Originally Posted by LabelKing
I have a book about Stalinist architecture where they talk about building those metro stations. Apparently some of the mosaics were done by the master craftsman--artisans if you will--left over from the Tsarist era.
Very high quality stuff, which is somewhat surprising considering the origins are Soviet.
Russia never wanted for artists or artisans. The problem was that a lot of them were not appreciated under the Communist regime. The quality of art and architectural design was always high.
I think what surprises a lot of people is accepting that both shoddily made utilitarian goods and worldclass art, music, literature and so forth could co-exist under the Soviet regime.