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Warsaw

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lipinski, S. (maker)
    Polish Government Information Centre, London (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.284-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 60, box E

The Warsaw statue pictured here is a poignant allegory of the city's suffering under the German occupation which began in 1939. The image also suggests salvation, with the Christ figure gesturing towards the light. This could refer to the glimpse of liberation gained during the August-October 1944 uprising of the Polish Home Army. Alternatively, the poster could date to the period of reprisals when Hitler razed Warsaw to the ground. The statue became famous as one of the few things to survive the destruction and could therefore appear here as both a lament and a testament of defiant hope.

Physical description

This poster, rendered in tonal ranges of red and dark blue, reads 'WARSAW' in large bold black lettering outlined in red across its upper margin. The main image is a statue of Christ Crucified erected in a town square, shown in backlit silhouette and flanked by two street lamps. Two dates also feature in the composition: '1939' and '1944'.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, printed)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Lipinski, S. (maker)
Polish Government Information Centre, London (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

S. Lipinski
signed, lower left corner

distributed by Polish Government Information Centre
lower margin, centre

Grafiche-1.G.AP.-Roma
lower margin, lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 70 cm, Width: 50 cm

Descriptive line

'Warsaw' Polish Resistance poster designed by S. Lipinski, 1944

Production Note

"Printed in liberated Italy", in Denis Judd, Posters of World War Two, London : Wayland Publishers1972

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Resistance; Statue; Propaganda; War

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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