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Arms Race. Preliminary artwork for a poster attributed to prominent caricaturist and poster artist Grigory Roze (Grigory Rozenblit, 1900-1942), gouache and pen on cardboard, [1935], 63 x 44 cm.

Having forgotten the millions of victims of the first World War, British and German militarists are busily building their arsenals. Roze's design reflects the concerns publicly expressed by the Soviet leadership after Hitler withdrew Germany from the Versailles treaty (March 1935) and embarked on the policy of open rearmament. Notably, French imperialists are not included in the design, because in response to the rising German threat, the Soviet Union and France immediately signed a mutual defense treaty.

In the 1930s, Grigory Roze was considered one of the leading Soviet political caricaturists. His works were published by the leading Soviet newspapers, including Pravda itself, and he was also active in the field of poster production. Roze started his artistic career as a front artist during the Civil War; tragically, he lost his life serving as a front artist in 1942, near Smolensk.

Search extension words: Russian poster, Soviet poster

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1: [ROZE, G.] Arms Race, Artwork for Poster, c. 1935

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