It is hardly surprising that the Russian Revolutionary Poster continues to arouse the interest of specialists and the public at large in both Russia and abroad.
A true phenomenon in the world of Art, the Revolutionary Poster enabled Art, for the first time in story, to play a leading role in politics.
Clever managed agitation on a grand-scale helped largely to secure the Bolsheviks’ ultimate triumph. And the main weapon in the armoury of that campaign was the Poster.
As a result the Bolsheviks achieved an impressive victory over their enemies both at home and abroad and, in the opinion of many analysts, saved the country from breakup and ultimate destruction - subsequently placing her among the ranks of leading world powers. In time that period was doomed to become the object of glorification and universal praise.
For the most part Revolutionary Posters were composed in a symbolic-allegorical or simple folk 'lubok' style. Great use was made of the journalistic caricature expertise accumulated by many of their authors in pre-Revolutionary years.
Many poster artists of the day went on to become classics of the genre. These include D. Moor, M. Cheremnykh, V. Deni, A. Lavinsky, V. Lebedev, N. Kochergin, N. Kogout, B. Yeﬁmov and others.
Some artists like, for example, A. Apsit, disappeared in the turmoil of the Second World War. Some names, initials and pseudonyms have been lost to history. A great many posters were destined to remain nameless...
Thus it was in those distant turbulent times, times during which the fate of whole peoples and nations was being decided.