Wählt Spartaku[s]

Poster
ca. 1920 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

After the First World War socialists declared a democratic republic in Germany which lasted until 1933. However German communists, known early on as Spartacists, wanted a far wider-reaching Russian-style revolution. After their uprisings were crushed in 1919 they began to contest elections. Here a Spartacist sweeps aside state buildings with a red flag, symbolising a communist overthrow of the existing social and political order. It is not a violent image. The posture of the Spartacist is one of unyielding strength and effort.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleVote for the Spartacists (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Lithograph printed in black and red
Brief Description
Anonymous poster issued by the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands [Communist Party of Germany]. Germany, ca. 1920.
Physical Description
A man (a Spartacist) is seen sweeping aside state buildings with a red flag, symbolising a communist overthrow of the existing social and political order.
Marks and Inscriptions
Wählt Spartaku[s] (last letter missing due to damage)
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
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
After the First World War socialists declared a democratic republic in Germany which lasted until 1933. However German communists, known early on as Spartacists, wanted a far wider-reaching Russian-style revolution. After their uprisings were crushed in 1919 they began to contest elections. Here a Spartacist sweeps aside state buildings with a red flag, symbolising a communist overthrow of the existing social and political order. It is not a violent image. The posture of the Spartacist is one of unyielding strength and effort.
Other Number
LS.231 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.917-2004

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record createdAugust 23, 2004
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