Forebears and Offspring (TASS Window #996-997), 1944

Sokolov-Skalia, Pavel poster: Forebears and Offspring (TASS Window #996-997)

This is from a collection of extremely rare News Agency "window" posters from the Soviet Union. Posted daily in shop windows of Moscow after the German invasion started in June 1941, TASS posters were intended to rally support for the war, and later the post-war, effort.

Artists of these posters utilized a broad arsenal of visual strategies to both incite and inspire - from vicious satire, to potent slogans, to undiluted horror and hatred, to patriotic historical parallels.

The collection at International Poster Gallery features intricately hand stenciled TASS panels dating from March 1943 to late 1946 as the scales slowly tipped in the Soviets' favor, and beyond the armistice. Due to their rarity and historical value, the group of 45 panels will be sold as a collection.

This panel reads:

As in the old days, when the miraculous work of the burly smith transformed the titan warrior's damask sword into a steel sword for feats of arms,

so in our times the smith's descendants forge weapons and bone-crusher tanks unceasingly, night and day, for our titans.

Learn more about the TASS panels.

Sokolov-Skalia, Pavel

39.7 x 67.4 inches (101 x 171 cm)


Inventory #RUP22260

world war ii
war - home front
Social Realist
Soviet Union