An Art of Persuasion: Soviet Posters from the Library's Collections

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An important part of the Soviet propaganda effort that developed after the revolution of 1917, the Soviet poster proclaimed the aspirations and successes of the revolution to a wide audience. Eventually developing a visual idiom of its own, distinct from other forms of illustration, the Soviet poster exploited the power of simple, compelling imagery. The exhibit showcases twenty-four Soviet political posters from the 1930s. Drawn from the E.M. Bakwin Collection of Soviet Posters and the War Poster Collection in the Library, the exhibition explores the role that these images played in rallying the peoples of the Soviet Union to take up social, political, and war-time causes.