On the Happy Day of Liberation from the German aggressors’ yoke, the first words of unlimited gratitude and love of the Soviet People are sent to our friend and father Comrade Stalin- organizer of our struggle for the Liberation and Independence of our Motherland

Poster Number: PP 371
Category: Stalin
Poster Notes: This poster is a war-time version PP 372. Compare both images carefully.
Media Size: 24х18.5
Poster Type: Offset
Publishing Date: 1943
Editorial Information: Editor E. Povolotskaia
Technical Information on Poster: Publication No. 6306. Order No. 2778. Volume 1 sheet of paper. Price 75 kopeks. Printed on an intaglio printing machine at “Gudok” Typography Workshop.
Glavlit Directory Number: L63690
Catalog Notes: PP 371 Stalin; Sister poster PP 372
Artist: Koretskii, Viktor Borisovich (Koretsky, Victor) — Корецкий, Виктор Борисович

Of the noted Soviet poster artists of the photomontage and Socialist Realism aesthetics, Viktor Borisovich Koretskii stands out as one of the most iconic. Koretskii attended the Secondary Professional Art School in Moscow from 1921 to 1929. He began working as a professional graphic designer in 1931 and he immediately gained recognition in the Soviet Union. His professional break-through occurred while working for the major state publishing houses Iskusstvo and Ogiz-Izogiz. During this that period of his work, he concentrated on (and perfected) his technique of photomontage. However, the period of the early 1930s in the Soviet Union meant that Koretskii had to move away from his own avant-garde style of discontinuous photomontage in order to be more consistent with the Socialist Realist dogma dictated by the government. During the 1930s, Koretskii also worked as an artistic director and decorator for Nikolai Okhlopkov 's Realistic Theatre and for Yurii Zavadsky's theatre-studio. From 1939 to 1987, he was a member of the editorial board of the film advertising publishing house Reklamfilm.

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Printer: Gudok Typography Workshop, Moscow —

This printer was located in Moscow at 7 Stankevich Street. Gudok is the Russian word for whistle and this was also the name given to the railway industry newspaper in the Soviet Union.

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Publisher: Iskusstvo (Art Publishing House), Moscow-Leningrad — Искусство, Москва-Ленинград

Iskusstvo was the Art Publishing House (A.K.A. Visual Arts Publishing) that was created in 1936 from Ogiz-Izogiz (State Art and Literature Publishing House). It disseminated books and journals dealing with graphic design and the fine arts, and it issued numerous posters. Since the Iskusstvo banner was part of the State Printing Works in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, its two main offices were located in those two cities.

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