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Seremos reivindicados por la historia

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Cuba (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beltran, Felix, born 1938 (designer)
    Departamento de Orientacion Revolucionaria del CC PCC (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour offselt 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.1220-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR13

During the Cold War in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried for Communist espionnage and treason in the United States. At the end of their controversial trial and failed appeals, they were executed by electrocution on 19 June 1953. Ethel was the first woman to face capital punishment since the U.S. government hanged Mary Surratt for her role in President Abraham Lincoln's assasination in 1865.
This poster was issued to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Rosenberg execution.
Cuba, a communist island, produced many propaganda posters which decried various U.S. government actions. The slogan on this poster translates as "we will be vindicated by history." It expresses Cuban solidarity with the Rosenbergs' plight and ultimately promotes a redemption of the couple denied to them in life.
The slogan also refers to a moving speech delivered by Fidel Castro during his own government defence trial in 1953 when he declared "history will absolve me." Cubans viewing this poster in 1975 would have readily linked the quote to Fidel Castro, whether or not they were familiar with the Rosenbergs.

Physical description

Stylised portrait in red and black of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (the syle suggests graphic designer Felix Beltran).

Place of Origin

Cuba (made)

Date

1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Beltran, Felix, born 1938 (designer)
Departamento de Orientacion Revolucionaria del CC PCC (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

colour offselt lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Seremos reivindicados por la historia
We will be vindicated by history [We will be vindicated for posterity]
translated from the Spanish

Conmemoracion del 22 aniversario/ del Asesinato de los/ Esposos Rosenberg por la reaccion/ Norteamericana
Commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the assasination of the Rosenberg [couple] by North American reactionism.
lower left

Departamento de Orientacion Revolucionaria del CC PCC - 1975
Department of Revolutionary Orientation [official publishing arm of the Cuban Communist Party, 1974-1984 after which time it was renamed Editora Politica]
along lower right margin

Dimensions

Height: 84.4 cm, Width: 54.7 cm

Descriptive line

"Seremos reivindicados por la historia" Stylised portraits of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Cuba, 1975. Abstracted design in red and black, possibly by Felix Beltran.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Ideology; Communism; Capitalism; Capital punishment; Propaganda

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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