We are insisting on peace, but if you touch us .... V. Maiakovskii

Poster Number: PP 506
Category: Cold War
Poster Notes: Written in book: “I want my pen to be equal to a bayonet!”, by Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovskii (1893-1930), who is the man with the pen. V. Mayakovskii was a Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. The likeness used on this poster was taken from a photo of the poet at his "20 Years Of Work" exhibition in Moscow.

[From Churchill’s torch]
War Against The USSR
[On Churchill’s flyer]
Crusade Against The USSR
[On De Gaulle’s Hat]
Zhul Mok

Media Size: 35x26
Poster Type: Lithograph and Offset
Publishing Date: 1950
Editorial Information: Editor B. Vorontsov
Technical Information on Poster: [Approved] February 25, 1950; Publication No. 8984; Volume 2 sheets of paper; Order No. 768; Price 1 ruble [Printed at] 9 Kronverkskaia Street
Glavlit Directory Number: A 02062
Catalog Notes: PP 506 Cold War b
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: 24th Lithography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat, Leningrad — 24-я Литографическая треста Главполиграфиздата по Совета Министров СССР, Ленинград

The 24th Lithography Workshop of Glavpoligrafizdat (Main Administration for Matters of Polygraphic Industry Publishing and Book Selling) was located at at Kronverkskaia and Mir Streets in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Historically, the workshop had its roots in Imperial Russia as a large printing operation founded in 1881 by Theodore Kibbel (Fedor Fyodorovich Kibbel'). Shortly after the printer was nationalized by the Soviets, it became the 1st State Lithography Workshop and in 1924, it was named in honor of Mikhail Pavlovich Tomskii (1880-1936), the head of the Soviet trade union and head of the State Publishing House. In the early 1930s, the printer was reorganized as the 24th Lithography Workshop of Ogiz (Association of State Book and Magazine Publishers). Glavpoligrafizdat was instituted as the workshop’s operations manager in 1949 (when Ogiz was dissolved) and, it was subordinate to the Council of Ministries of the USSR, the main executive agency of the nation from 1946 until 1991.

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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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