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Arts 🎨 The commies (were) coming! Classic propaganda from the past

Maister

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Is there a name for this old design convention from the early 20th century?

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You see these sort of angular stylized streamlined poses with an outstretched arm again and again and again in various communist propaganda posters. Naturally, the DPK is a century behind the rest of the world and apparently has not grown tired of it.

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I remember seeing this stuff even as a kid and thinking that is kind of a cool design. So they're clearly onto something.

I was going to post this in the stamp collecting thread, but lets be honest, Soviet space race propaganda represents its very own class of multimedia art.

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yes, that angley thingy lol
What's sort of remarkable about it is: 1) communist countries were heavily invested in the style several decades after its heyday, and 2) it STILL looks cool as hell and projects only a minimal sense of irony in conveying the idea of modernity.
 

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The "commies" felt a need to get the women on board.
They did it by appealing to the "emacipation" ideal.

1920 Soviet propaganda poster-
"What the October Revolution gave to the female worker and peasant":
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The inscriptions on the buildings read "library", "kindergarten", "school for grown-ups", etc.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Soviet_man
I studied Russian in HS and college and still read and can pick up a few words in the poster. I have a set of propaganda posters I should get out and include here.
 

Dan

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Is there a name for this old design convention from the early 20th century?

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It looks like a modern, more illustrative variant of Socialist Realism. It's basically using realist styles for optimistic depictions of communist ideals. The North Korean variants are either more action oriented, in a "we must press onward in to defeat the Yankee imperialist running dog!" kind of way. old school Hallmark card glurgey, or a combination of both.

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What's weird about North Korea is that all the visual arts seem to be in the Socialist Realism style, not just propaganda. Even this billboard advertising a North Korean car seems to send a message that "with this car, I will defeat the treacherous bottom-feeding American river scum".

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TOFB

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It looks like a modern, more illustrative variant of Socialist Realism. It's basically using realist styles for optimistic depictions of communist ideals. The North Korean variants are either more action oriented, in a "we must press onward in to defeat the Yankee imperialist running dog!" kind of way. old school Hallmark card glurgey, or a combination of both.

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What's weird about North Korea is that all the visual arts seem to be the Socialist Realism style, not just propaganda. Even this billboard advertising a North Korean car seems to send a message that "with this car, I will defeat the treacherous bottom-feeding American river scum".

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That car looks 25 years old.. . and would have been crappy then too.
 
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