Two centuries ago, the French Revolution hunting the art of the old regime, an art of despotism that "wounded", it was said, the eyes of patriots. Today, Russia is getting rid of the sculptures and paintings of its official art, socialist realism, by throwing them on the market. These objects constitute a documentary ensemble probably never previously looked at the late practices of the cult of communism. Destined for official buildings, it is doubtful indeed that the public paid the least attention to their hagiography a thousand times repetitive and emptied of all meaning. Westerners had access only to archetypes of museums. As such, the tables provide information on the administrations that placed the orders more than on the practitioners themselves. Forced or voluntary, they had to be executed in order to benefit from social security. What do we perceive of their sincerity? If to evoke Lenin to Smolny during the conquest of power or on the background of Freedom guiding the people went with the beautiful conscience, as glorify the work, celebrate the burial of Kirov whose murder served as pretexts for the great "purges" of the late 1930s posed otherwise formidable problems. Do we know who the painter wanted to share the mourning? Also the distance with these paintings is not today historical as, say, with those of the Renaissance. They come from our time and another moral continent. Stendhal did not write in full "white terror" of 1817, "painting is only built morality."