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The War is Over!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Hanoi (capital of Vietnam) (This photograph was taken at the Hanoi Circus. The woman in the picture was a member of the circus cast., photographed)
    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (photographed)
    1975 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ochs, Phil, born 1940 - died 1976 (designer)
    Weiss, Cora (photographer)
    Luce, Dan (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset 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:

    E.631-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR26

'The War is Over!' rally in New York Central Park in 1975 celebrated the end of the Vietnam War and the culmination of the anti-war movement. Over 100,000 people attended. The organisers were the 'troubadour of the New Left' Phil Ochs and fellow activist Cora Weiss. Ochs's original design for the poster adapted a Second World War depiction of a soldier kissing a nurse on V.E. day. However the planning committee considered it chauvinistic, and this photograph taken in Vietnam was substituted instead.

Physical description

End of Vietnam War celebration poster. Photographic image of Vietnamese woman in traditional dress releasing white doves from outstretched arms. Printed in black and white. Three doves perched on each arm.

Place of Origin

Hanoi (capital of Vietnam) (This photograph was taken at the Hanoi Circus. The woman in the picture was a member of the circus cast., photographed)
USA (made)

Date

1972 (photographed)
1975 (printed)

Artist/maker

Ochs, Phil, born 1940 - died 1976 (designer)
Weiss, Cora (photographer)
Luce, Dan (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

The War is Over!

Dimensions

Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 73.6 cm

Descriptive line

Poster advertising 'The War Is Over!' Rally (USA, 1970)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Political Graphics: Art as a Weapon' by Robert Philippe Oxford: Phaidon, 1982. Page 295

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Woman; War; Propaganda; Peace; Doves

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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