Deni, V. The Constituent Assembly, 1921
Uchreditel’noye Sobraniye [The Constituent Assembly], a satirical poster by Victor Deni (Victor Denisov, 1893-1946, Meritorious Art Worker of the Russian Federation). Published by GIZ, Petersburg, 1921. 73 x 53 cm.
The forces that had rallied to the defense of the 1917 parliament disbanded by the Bolsheviks are hopelessly lost in this 1921 Deni poster. In addition to the universal ”at sea in a leaky boat” idiom, Deni also plays with the exclusively Russian expression ”sest’ v galoshu” that literally translates ”to take a seat in galoshes,” which stands for finding oneself in an embarrassing position.
This poster was often brought up by Soviet critics as an example of Deni’s satirical wit, but we could not find any explanation as to what had prompted the artist to drag up the Constituent Assembly reference into a 1921 poster. It is possible that it was produced after the suppression of the Kronstadt Rebellion, blamed by Bolsheviks on SRs (represented in the poster by the figure of SR Leader Chernov) and on former officers of the Tsarist Army.
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