Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration: Russian Revolutionary Posters

These images are from a magazine, evergreen review. From April 1967. That's not a typo. This is hella old. I scanned these. After some basic googling, I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that most folks seeing these here haven't ever seen them before. So enjoy some firsts. 

These are from a collection at the Lenin Library in Moscow, photographed back in the 60s by Italian photographer Caio Garruba. They were all made in the turbulent 12 year period following the '17 revolution. From the accompanying historical notes by Stefan Congrat-Butlar:

"The Bolshevik posters of the period mirror the conflicts and concerns of the Revolutionary struggle: exploiters and exploited, world capitalism, the Czar and his henchmen, the call to arms for the cause, an appeal to the workers of the world –or, at least, Russia– to unite."

Literacy is the Road to Communism Designer Unknown
Remember the Starving I. Simakov
Young Leninists are the Children of Ilyich I. Isenberg
The Workers and Lenin were United in the Smoke of their Gunpowder Designer Unknown
Bloody Sunday Designer Unknown
Mount Your Horses, Workers and Peasants! The Russian Cavalry is the Guarantee of Victory Designer Unknown.
Workers of the World, Unite! Everyone to the Polls to Elect the Soviets Designer Unknown

For the last one, the caption reads:

"Help!" This famous poster appealing for the aid to the peasants hit by the famine of 1921 has been reproduced in many Soviet books on art, and is by one of the Soviet Union's most renowned artists. Designed by Dmitrii S. Moor/1921, Moscow Publisher unknown.


  1. #1 reminds me of Promethea for some reason. My personal favorite is Mount Your Horses, I want to know why those three eyes were chosen to be visible.

    1. I think that first one could have been the inspiration for the WWI Promethea who looks out for her brother in the trenches. Mount Yer Horses is my favorite, too, Josh. Great minds.