Our French allies have a cart full of dead Germans, and our English brothers – a whole basket tooWhen Russia was doing well at the beginning of the First World War there was a trend towards producing politically committed posters and postcards emphasising the military successes of the allied forces. In this poster, designed by Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) with a caption by the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930), there are references to the number of Germans killed by the ‘French allies’ and ‘English brothers’. The posters were produced by lithography and as this method meant they were fairly cheap to reproduce and therefore could reach a mass audience.
- Full title:
- Our French allies have a cart full of dead Germans, and our English brothers – a whole basket too
- Poster / Lithograph
- Kazimir Malevich , Vladimir Mayakovsky
- Held by:
- British Library
- © Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir Mayakovsky
- H.74/273 (2)
- Article by:
- Ian Cooke
From the beginning of World War One, both sides of the conflict used propaganda to shape international opinion. Curator Ian Cooke considers the newspapers, books and cartoons produced in an attempt to influence both neutral and enemy countries.