Zmeinoye shipeniye [Snakes Are Hissing], a poster by an anonymous artist (possibly Pyotr Alyakrinsky (1892-1961, Meritorious Art Worker of the Russian Federation), or one of his students at the Yaroslavl Free Art Studios). Produced by YARROSTA, Yaroslavl, 1920. 69 x 42.5 cm.
The poster’s versed caption predicts the ultimate failure of all attempts by the enemies of the Soviet State to poison the union between revolutionary workers and peasants. YARROSTA stands for the Yaroslavl Bureau of the Russian Telegraph agency. YARROSTA’ s smallish visual propaganda department was headed by Alyakrinsky, thus the tentative attribution.
YARROSTA posters are fairly scarce. For example, the catalog of the Russian State Library collection contains only two YARROSTA poster entries.