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Poster - The fascist crow has discovered, that to us - he is no eagle!
  • The fascist crow has discovered, that to us - he is no eagle!
    Deni, Viktor Nikolaevich, born 1893 - died 1946
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The fascist crow has discovered, that to us - he is no eagle!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    U.S.S.R. (made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Deni, Viktor Nikolaevich, born 1893 - died 1946 (maker)
    Iskusstvo (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.279-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf Drawer 7

Viktor Deni had distinguished himself as a poster artist during the Russian Civil War (1918-1920) but afterwards concentrated on newspaper caricatures until there was again a need for propaganda for the Great Patriotic War, the name by which Russians referred to World War II. By 1944 the tide of war had turned in the Soviet Union's favour and the Germans were in retreat. The desperate mood of early war propaganda gave way to a more optimistic, even wryly humorous, anticipation of victory to which Deni's pungently wittly style was ideally suited. In this poster, the arm of a strong Russian soldier is seen strangling a Nazi crow. The image makes fun of Nazism and belittles the proud eagle which came to symbolise Nazism.

Physical description

Rendered in black, white, red and khaki, the poster depicts a black crow dressed as a Nazi military officer whose feathers are ruffled as it tries to free itself from human grip. The image personnifies the confident Russian army as the strangulating human hand around the bird's weak neck. The bird's cap, belt and badges identify it as the representation of the Nazi forces. The bird carries its prey, a small female figure, in its left talons. The text across the top of the composition, printed in black and red, reads:
"The fascist crow has discovered, that to us - he is no eagle!"

Place of Origin

U.S.S.R. (made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Deni, Viktor Nikolaevich, born 1893 - died 1946 (maker)
Iskusstvo (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Dimensions

Height: 56 cm, Width: 41 cm

Descriptive line

Printed Russian poster designed by Viktor Deni (Denisov), Second World War, 1944

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Uniforms; War; Military; Crosses (motifs); Resistance; Crow; Caps; Propaganda; Stars; Swastikas; Military

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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