6: ANONYMOUS ARTIST. The Red Fleet Man, 1920
Krasnoflotets [The Red Fleet Man], a poster by an unidentified artist signed in plate by initial only. Published by the Adult Education Section of IZO Narkompros, Moscow, 1920, 104 x 69.5 cm.
An interesting example of the agitation work coming from the Visual Arts Studios system ran by Proletkult for Narkompros. The rhymed caption, and, to a large degree, the central image, are borrowed from a 1918 lithograph that appeared in the 1918 Heroes and Victims of the Revolution series (Kozlinsky, Makletsov, Boguslavskaya-Puni, and Puni, captions by Mayakovsky). It is unclear whether Mayakovsky had ever seen this poster, but if he did, he had to be pleased. The poet, who never shied from hyperbole, later proclaimed Heroes and Victims to be the forefather of all revolutionary posters in general and of the ROSTA Windows in particular.
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