Soviet poster, Nazi caricature


During World War II, after the breakdown of the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, the Soviet news agency TASS issued a series of propaganda posters. Topics included anti-Nazi caricatures and Socialist Realist art encouraging the war effort. Beginning in June 1941, the Union of Soviet Artists established a publishing collective to produce the posters on an almost daily basis. Because they were displayed in the windows of the news agency's Moscow office, they are known as TASS window posters. It is estimated that about 1,500 different posters were produced between 1941 and 1945.

Well-known artists and poets worked on the designs and captions, and most of the posters were produced in limited editions using the stencil process for both graphics and text. Many posters were completed and reproduced within 24 hours, making them very responsive to political issues and war news. Copies were distributed abroad by VOKS, the Soviet Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. Their messages helped present the USSR favorably to its new allies, including the U.S. The Museum has six of these posters received in 1943 through VOKS. Other collections outside Russia include the University of Nottingham in England and Columbia and Cornell universities in the U.S.

TASS window poster No. 514 is a caricature of a Nazi soldier in his underwear carrying his clothes, with another figure at his side. It may be titled "Ragmen," but the point of the satire is not clear from the image.

Date Made: 1942-19431942

Artist Attribution: Lebedev, VladimirAuthor: Marshak, Samuel

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: RussiaSoviet Union

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Related Publication: SOVIET WAR POSTERS, c1940-1945, The Tass Poster Series from the Hallward Library, University of Nottingham

Credit Line: Dr. Ales Hrdlicka

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: GA.18848Accession Number: 164567Catalog Number: 18848

Object Name: printOther Terms: print; Stencil

Physical Description: paper (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 236 cm x 93 cm; 92 15/16 in x 36 5/8 in


Record Id: nmah_794962

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