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Poster - Grief famine ruin/ the effects of Communism

Grief famine ruin/ the effects of Communism

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR3

In this emotional Nationalist poster, the gaunt faces of the mother and her two children grieve, apparently, both for the lost father and for the Christian faith. In the background, the burning house and blasted tree are a further reproach to alien Communist ideology.

Physical description

The gaunt white faces of a mother and her two children are defined against the black backdrop formed by her cloak. A white cross stands in the immediate central foreground. Behind the three clustered figures is a grey hill leading to a burning house in the distance, presumably their own. The house and a bare tree trunk are printed in blue, highlighted by the yellow glow of the red flames. The sky is printed in green, with a black cloud hanging over the scene.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)


ca. 1937 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

duelo/ hambre/ ruina...
(from the Spanish) Grief famine ruin
printed in yellow lower-case lettering

pasa el / Comunismo
the effects of Communism
printed in red and yellow


Height: 99.7 cm, Width: 70.5 cm

Descriptive line

Spanish Civil War Poster, Spain, ca. 1937 [Grief famine ruin/ the effects of Communism]


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Politics; Propaganda; Mother; House; Children; Grief; Tree; War; Hunger; Fire; Cross


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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