PROPAGANDA BOOKS

 

The soviet propaganda book is witness of an unprecedented historic experiment in which systems en peoples were participants and victims. In promoting a new way of life. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Russian and soviet artists became world's leading book artists, designers and cover-makers. Their works were also published in the West and set an example for foreign artists. During the Stalin era the propaganda book became a major instrument in internal and external warfare. During the years of stagnation, the propaganda book became less important and, unlike its predecessor, the late soviet propaganda book was not designed by prime artists and designers and lacked the innovative and artistic qualities that so stunned the public previously. In the study of Russian and Soviet art these books are an important feature. A selection from the holdings of the LS Collection is presented here.

 

Propaganda books that were designed by specific artists are not presented on this page.

For a list of some artists see below:

Evgenii Golyakhovskii

Nikolai Ilin

Aleksei Lavrov

 

El Lissitky

Mikhail Razulevich

Aleksandr Rodchenko

 

Nikolai Sedelnikov

Varvara Stepanova

Solomon Telingater

 

1921

 

1923

 

 

1925

 

1930

 

1932

   

 

1933

  

 

1934

 

 

1935

   

 

 

1937

   

 

 

 

1938

   

 

 

 

1939

     

 

1939

New York Fair

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

     

 

   

 

     

 

1939-1941

Moscow VSV

   

 

   

 

 

 

1940

 

 

1943-44

 

 

1947

 

1949

 

1950

   

 

1952-53

   

 

1954-55

 

1956

 

 

1957

   

 

   

 

1959

 

 

1974

 

1977

 

1985

 

1989

 

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