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Poster - Cross of Lorraine

Cross of Lorraine

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Designed and printed)

  • Date:

    1968 (Designed and printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atelier Populaire (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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 26

This poster was produced by the poster workshop of the Faculty of Medicine in response to the government's "law and order" propaganda that dismissed socialist values and its radical beliefs . The Cross of Lorraine was used as a symbol of freedom during World War II by General Charles de Gaulle. Here, that same symbol is seen boring a hole into a human head - the students subverted the symbol to represent the death of independent thought and free speech at the hands of President De Gaulle.

Physical description

Cross of Lorraine boring into the silhouette of a human head seen in profile.

Place of Origin

Paris (Designed and printed)


1968 (Designed and printed)


Atelier Populaire (Maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

stamped in purple


Height: 82.3 cm, Width: 55.7 cm at widest point

Descriptive line

Poster bearing the cross of Lorraine boring into a human head - Atelier Populaire, Paris. France, 1968.

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

'Texts and posters by Atelier Populaire: Posters from the Revolution - Paris, May 1968' London: Dobson. 1969.

Production Note

from the poster workshop of the Faculty of Medecine


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Protest; Lorraine Cross


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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