'Look, just look, the Vistula is near'


The war soon became a hot topic amongst artists who were leaders of the avant-garde. Some of them formed the publisher ‘Today’s Lubok’ to produce posters which put new artistic forms and techniques at the service of patriotic propaganda. The artist Kazimir Malevich was to become one of the pioneers of a totally abstract artistic style.

In this poster we can already see a tendency towards making the human body out of geometrical shapes, a technique which makes the figure portrayed (a German officer) into even more of a caricature. There is also the use of bright colours (also found in folk paintings) and stylised patterns (for example to depict grass) which you might find in contemporary paintings in the Primitivist style. The publisher ‘Today’s Lubok’ also produced a postcard of the same subject in a similar design to the poster but using different colours. The caption for both poster and postcard is the same and continues ‘the Germans’ bellies are swelling, let’s have ‘em for dinner!’ 

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Look, just look, the Vistula is near
Poster / Illustration
© Kazimir Malevich
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British Library

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