[Lynching] [Soviet Propaganda] Koretsky, Viktor. (1909 - 1998)
"THE STIGMA OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY!" - 1963 Poster
Original vintage Cold War period anti-racism Soviet propaganda poster featuring a striking design in shades of black and white against a pale yellow background depicting a sad looking face of the Statue of Liberty with a lynching scene of a black man being attacked by white police officers and civilians, one holding a rope noose, on her cheek with blood dripping like tear drops and the text below. Linen-backed, in very good condition, small repaired tears in left margins. Size: 33x23 1/4 inches [84 x 59 cm]. Izogiz, Moscow. Koretsky pl. 140.
"The Soviets...exploited the oppression of Southern blacks for their own economic benefit...positioning itself not only as a workers’ utopia, but as a racial utopia as well, one where ethnic, national, and religious divisions didn’t exist....The beginning of the Cold War coincided with the beginning of the civil rights movement, and the two became intertwined—both in how the Soviets used the racial strife, and how the Cold War propelled the cause of civil rights forward. “Early on in the Cold War, there was a recognition that the U.S. couldn’t lead the world if it was seen as repressing people of color,” says Mary Dudziak, a legal historian at Emory, whose book Cold War Civil Rights is the seminal work on the topic. " (Julia Ioffe, "The History of Russian Involvement in America's Race Wars," The Atlantic, October 21, 2017)
Soviet artist Viktor Koretsky is known primarily as a master of the political poster. Member of the Union of Artists, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1964), during his life he made about seven hundred drawings on political topics. Influenced by John Heartfield and Gustav Klutsis with their techniques of photo mosaics as a form of poster, he collaborated with publishers “OGIZ”, “IZOGIZ”, and “Art”. In 1930 he worked as a decorator for a number of plays of the realistic theater of Nikolai Okhlopkov and theater-studio of Yuri Zavadsky and for almost fifty years was a member of the editorial board of the publishing house “Reklam-film” (1939-1987).