‘Socialist realism’ artist Sitte dies

Willi Sitte, one of the most
prominent painters of former
Communist East Germany, whose
talent also brought him
recognition in the West, has
died at the age of 92 after a
long illness.

Sitte was one of the leading representatives of East Germany’s
officially-sanctioned “socialist realism” style, depicting everyday scenes
relevant to workers and
pointing to the advantages of
life in the German Democratic
Republic (GDR).

Sitte was born in Czechoslovakia in 1921 but later moved to Germany to study art.

He served in the German armed forces during World War Two, before
deserting in 1944 to fight
with Italian partisan forces.

After the war, he settled in

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