The End for the Japanese Aggressor (TASS Window #1306), 1945

Sarkisian, Petr poster: The End for the Japanese Aggressor (TASS Window #1306)

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:

The end is nigh for the samurai, his last moment has arrived. The Russian bayonet has driven him off the precipice into the abyss.

The samurai was hoping somehow to save himself, but in vain. A head-first plunge off the precipice is his last route.

Learn more about the TASS panels.

Sarkisian, Petr

33.5 x 65.6 inches (85 x 167 cm)


Inventory #RUP22273

war - home front
world war ii
Social Realist
Soviet Union