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Poster - Révolution Nationale
  • Révolution Nationale
    Noyer, Philippe, born 1917 - died 1985
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Révolution Nationale

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Noyer, Philippe, born 1917 - died 1985 (artist)

  • 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 MM, shelf 8

Marshal Philippe Pétain, 'The Victor of Verdun' and famous French general and statesman, became the authoritarian leader of Vichy France after the armistice with Germany was signed in June 1940. The Révolution Nationale was his highly conservative domestic policy which aimed at recreating France out of defeat by purging the country of 'moral decadence'. This simple portrait poster capitalises on Pétain's popularity as a father figure at the time. The tricolour, however, sits rather incongruously, its revolutionary associations contrasting with Pétain's conservatism.

Physical description

Second World War poster supporting the Vichy government bearing a portrait of Marshal Philippe Pétain.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1940 (made)


Noyer, Philippe, born 1917 - died 1985 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 119.6 cm, Width: 80.2 cm

Descriptive line

Second World War poster supporting the Vichy government, France, 1940


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Statesman; Flag; Politics; Government; War


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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