Stalinskii prikaz v deistvii [Stalin’s Order in Action], a window-display format poster by G.Bochkanov and A. Speransky, No. 20 in the Agit-Okno series. Published by [Penza Artists Union, Penza], 1942. 88.5 x 65.5 cm.
The poster is undated and has no indication of the town where it was produced. Its design suggests that it was issued in response to one of Stalin’s Orders of the Day; the one that comes in mind is Order No. 139 (May 1, 1942), famous for its rousing oratory that ended with a list of calls on various branches of the armed forces, and on partisans, to redouble their efforts. However, our 1942 dating is of necessity tentative.
In trying to determine where this poster was published, we came across a research paper by Marina Nikitina that ties the names of both artists to the production of the war-time AGIT-OKNO posters in Penza. According to Nikitina, the collections of various Penza museums contain over 60 Penza AGIT-OKNO posters; of those, 10 were signed by Speransky, and 7 by Bochkanov.
Aside from this, we have little information about the artists. Both are listed among the founders of the Penza regional branch of the Artists’ Union (1939).