In this poster a revolutionary Red Knight, with the hammer and sickle emblazoned on his shield, battles against the ‘dark force’ of reaction.
Although the poster supports the Soviet cause, its aesthetics are associated with pre-revolutionary neo-Russian style, a movement within Russian modernism that based its visual language on stylisation of national heritage. It therefore stands in stark contrast to the later constructivist style of Soviet posters, which is more commonly associated with the Revolution.
- Article by:
- Mike Carey
Collaborative Doctoral student Mike Carey looks at the ideologies of violence and violent practices driving the Russian Revolution and the civil war.