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Constructivist Posters

Original Constructivist Posters

Sign Up for the Urals Worker Original Poster by A. BlikBlik, A.
Sign Up for the Urals Worker, 1924

The Eleventh Original Poster by Vladimir and Gyorgy Stenberg Stenberg, Vladimir and Gyorgy.
The Eleventh, 1928 

Pommer Circus Original Poster by Artist Unknown
Artist Unknown
 Pommer Circus, 1925 ca.

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Constructivist Poster Primer: 

The term Constructivism was coined by a socially minded group of artists working in the Soviet Union at the end of the Bolshevik Civil War in the early '20s. The Constructivists were young artists who felt that art should have a revolutionary purpose and should contribute to the "construction" of a new communist society, one based on science and modern technology.

Adapting the avant-garde forms of Cubism and Futurism, the Constructivists created a new "agitational" vocabulary for the Revolution, which became the dominant style in the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1933. Their posters were the first to incorporate photography as a graphic design element, along with strident slogans, powerful typefaces and dynamic compositions constructed of strong diagonals. Pioneers of this style were the team of Rodchenko and Mayakovsky in advertising and the Stenberg Brothers in film posters. Gustav Klutsis and his wife Valentina Kulagina carried on this vocabulary into the first Five Year Plan of 1928-1933, creating heroic images of Stalin and his accomplishments in forceful compositions. The style ultimately was superceded by Social Realism, a less dramatic and graphic approach favored by Stalin as the Thirties progressed.

The design legacy of the Constructivists was conveyed to Western Europe by El Lissitsky, who traveled widely in the Twenties. Lissitsky's impact was pivotal to the development of the rational modern aesthetic at the Bauhaus and beyond.

Leading Artists:
 Barutchev, Blik, Dlugach, Klutsis, Koretsky, Pernikov, Rodchenko, Stenberg Brothers

For more, visit our past gallery exhibitions:
  - War & Revolution - Propaganda Posters from WWI America and Revolutionary Russia
  - Revolution By Design - Soviet Posters 1917 - 1937
  - War and Peace - Tass Agency Posters from the Soviet Union 1941 - 1946 

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  Battleship Potemkin Original Poster by Anton Lavinsky
Lavinsky, Anton.
Battleship Potemkin, 1925 

The Last Driver of Berlin Original Poster by Illegible
The Last Driver of Berlin, 1930 ca.

  "Lengiz" Books for all branches of knowledge Limited Edition Print by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Rodchenko, Aleksandr, M.
"Lengiz" Books for all branches of knowledge (limited edition print), 1989 

Dobrolet Limited Edition Print by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Rodchenko, Aleksandr M.
Dobrolet (limited edition print), 1989


Fragment of an Empire Original Poster by The Stenberg Brothers Stenberg, Vladimir and Gyorgy .
Fragment of an Empire, 1929

With Lenin's banner we were and will be victorious Original Poster by Viktor Koretsky
 Koretsky, Viktor.
With Lenin's banner we 
were and will be victorious,

 Railway workers keep up the fast pace... Original Poster by Knoblok
Railway workers keep
up the fast pace...,

Russian Volunteer Air Force Society "Dobrolet" Original Poster by Aleksandr Rodchenko
Rodchenko, Aleksandr, M.
Russian Volunteer Air Force Society "Dobrolet", 1923 ca.

The 2nd All-Union Aviation and Chemistry Lottery (Osoaviakhim) Original Poster by Mikhail Dlugach
Dlugach, Mikhail.
  The 2nd All-Union
Aviation and Chemistry
Lottery (Osoaviakhim), 1927

 Avtodar Lottery Original Poster by Boris Titov and Efim Pernikov
Boris Titov 
and Efim.
Avtodar Lottery, 1929