Item #1995 [LISSITZKY] Photo of photomontage poster. Davaite pobol’she tankov [i.e. Give Us More Tanks]
[LISSITZKY] Photo of photomontage poster. Davaite pobol’she tankov [i.e. Give Us More Tanks]

[LISSITZKY] Photo of photomontage poster. Davaite pobol’she tankov [i.e. Give Us More Tanks]

Item #1995

[1940s] 16,6x10,5 cm. One corner slightly chipped, traces of glue on rear side, small stain on the center of photo, otherwise very good.

A photo reproduces the best known wartime photomontage poster that was designed by El Lissitzky in 1941. It is considered the last work by the designer. In 1941, his tuberculosis worsened, but Lissitzky continued to produce visual propaganda. He died in Moscow on December 30, 1941. This poster for Soviet efforts in World War II called
for more extensive production of military technics, guns and rounds for the victory. In close-up, two (male and female) engineers are standing out while other factory employees are working with machines in the background. The poster features “soldiers of the rear” who fought for increased production in parallel with Red Army soldiers
in the frontline. Among them were women, schoolchildren, elderly and disabled people. For military purposes, many factories were reoriented and produced details of weapons. In the original lithographic poster, the texts are written over the red background; stars on an airplane and tank are painted in the same color. The slogan “Everything for the frontline! Everything for the victory” that Lissitzky placed on the poster became a catchphrase during the war. It echoed other calls of those years: “The front needs it – we’ll do it!” and “Work is like a battle!”. The photograph could have been used for a local exhibition or a wall newspaper.

Price: $2,500.00

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