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Poster - This is how the Bolshevik punitive teams of the Latvians and the Chinese brutally expropriate bread, devastate villages and shoot peasants
  • This is how the Bolshevik punitive teams of the Latvians and the Chinese brutally expropriate bread, devastate villages and shoot peasants
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This is how the Bolshevik punitive teams of the Latvians and the Chinese brutally expropriate bread, devastate villages and shoot peasants

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • 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:

    E.141-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR4

This poster is an example of anti-Bolshevik propaganda issued by the White Army. The counter-revolutionary forces were known as the Whites, and the Bolsheviks were called the Reds.
The image depicts a peasant being shot by a Bolshevik. The group of Bolsheviks laughing in the background underscores the heartless brutality of the Red Army. Scenes propagating the cold-blooded acts of the enemy were equally common from both Red and White factions during the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921. The conflict started after the October Revolution and ended in 1921 with the victory of the Bolsheviks. Both sides were equally violent and left countless dead.

Physical description

The poster depicts a scene of the shooting of peasants by the Bolsheviks. A peasant is about to be shot. He is tied to the fence. The dead body of another peasant is lying in a pool of blood. A group of Bolsheviks wearing hats with the red star badge are laughing in the background.

Place of Origin

Russia (made)

Date

ca. 1919 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

This is how the Bolshevik punitive teams of the Latvians and the Chinese brutally expropriate bread, devastate villages and shoot peasants.
from Russian

Dimensions

Height: 56.7 cm, Width: 71.0 cm

Descriptive line

Anti-Bolshevik White Russian Army poster depicting a scene of a peasant being shot.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithograph

Subjects depicted

Politics; Ideology; Peasant; Violence; Propaganda; Murder

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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