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Poster - Silence, The Enemy Is Watching Out For Your Secrets
  • Silence, The Enemy Is Watching Out For Your Secrets
    Colin, Paul, born 1892 - died 1985
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Silence, The Enemy Is Watching Out For Your Secrets

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Colin, Paul, born 1892 - 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 3G, shelf DR7

This was one of the most widely-distributed posters in France before the German invasion. Paul Colin portrays the enemy as a sinister shadow, and the image reflects the current fears and even paranoia about espionage. Colin, whose style was influenced by contemporary art movements, especially Art Deco, founded the Ecole Paul Colin in Paris in 1926. Many poster designers received training at this graphic design studio.

Physical description

Poster depicting two men talking, overshadowed by the menacing presence of a listening spy

Place of Origin

France (made)


1939 (made)


Colin, Paul, born 1892 - died 1985 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

lower right corner


Height: 60 cm, Width: 39 cm

Descriptive line

Poster warning about security of information in the period just before WWII. France, 1939

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

"Sur Les Murs de France" by Alain Gesgon. Paris: Editions du Sorbier. 1979.


Paper; Ink


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Shadow; Espionage; Propaganda; Men; Secrecy


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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