35 Communist Propaganda Posters Illustrate The Art And Ideology Of Another Time

To Inform is to Influence

Huffington Post Japan

Posted: 12/26/2014 4:06 pm EST Updated: 12/26/2014 4:59 pm EST

Propaganda posters were among the most significant tools for influencing public opinion in the Soviet Union.

The text that accompanied each poster was a clear and explicit message for the public, while the use of specific techniques (photo manipulation, deformity, and amplification) would indirectly and subconsciously transmit a message in favor of or against an opinion, a person or a political choice.

The Soviet Union gave rise to the “Russian avant-garde” modern art movement. Alongside the stirring socio-economic developments of the early twentieth century, artists seemed to reject the past and seek innovative forms of expression in various types of art. These posters are prime examples of art movements like Constructivism, Suprematism and, later, Socialist Realism, a fertile meeting place between art and ideology.

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    1920’s poster. “All power to the Soviets. Peace to…

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