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Propaganda - 120 years of International propaganda posters - 1898 - 1918 - 1968 - 2018

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International propaganda posters

Beginning with the first political posters at the end of the 19th century, and passing through the two world wars, revolutions, the Cold War and May 68, propaganda posters reflect the great upheavals of the 20th century.

Pour forger une France puissante, Crédit Commercial de France

1920 circa – CHAVANNAZ, David Burnand

CHF 900.–

Socialisme Advances in Victory Everywhere

1970 circa – ANONYME

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OSPAAAL, Journée de Solidarité avec le peuple du Venezuela le 21 novembre

1969 – Faustino PÉREZ

CHF 630.–

Genuine historic attestations, these posters transmit their message without concession in their strong graphic compositions which were significant for their time.


Before 1914, propaganda posters were in general simple printed texts, statements without graphic creation. These ‘simple' posters were evidently less expensive.



So, illustrated political posters are rare.



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Georges Besançon, Ingénieur-Aéronaute, Elections législatives du 8 Mai 1898

1898 – MISTI

CHF 970.–

< Great poster for the election of Georges Besançon in 1898.




> One of the first posters for the French railway trade unions dating from 1910.

Syndicat National des chemin de fer

1910 – GRAND JOUAN

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FISCAL CONTROL

In 1914 the French government launched a revenue tax and authorized fiscal investigations.

The center right launched a huge campaign against a fiscal inquisition.

L'Inquisition fiscale

1914 – Georges VILLA

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"L'Impôt sur le Capital", Union des intérêts économiques

1914 circa – ANONYME

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L'impôt personnel et inquisitorial sur le revenu

1914 circa – Georges VILLA

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1914 - 1918 THE FIRST WORLD WAR

It’s the first World War and the need was felt to mobilize the public at home to support the war effort and thus an enormous amount of propaganda posters were produced.

The walls of France. England and the United States were covered with posters to support the men at the Front, to sell the huge loans and to demonize the German enemy. These posters marked this period and would influence graphic art after the war, with their emotional and Realist style.



> WW1 posters

Crédit Lyonnais, 3e Emprunt de la Défense Nationale

1917 – Abel FAIVRE

CHF 520.–

THE 20'S AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN GERMANY

German posters during the 1920’s economic crisis, addressing the ‘unemployed’, ‘workers’ and ‘party members’.

Arbeitlose

1920 circa – Joe LOE

CHF 300.–

Angestellte

1920 circa – Joe LOE

CHF 380.–

Arbeiter ! Parteigenossen !

1920 circa – ANONYME

CHF 300.–

Das neue Reich

1920 circa – Lucian BERNHARD

CHF 470.–


A poster by Lucian Bernard for the German daily newspaper, ‘The new Reich answers your questions each day and speaks to each German citizen'.

'PEACE AND LIBERTY'

THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY

Le Parti Socialiste, Pour une vraie république, Lisez tous Le Populaire tous les jours

1945 circa – GUS

CHF 650.–


Founded in 1916, ‘The Popular’ was a French socialist newspaper, which represented a minority and anti-military part of the Socialist Party.

After a clandestine period in 1940, it reappeared from the summer of 1944 until 1946.

THE FRENCH NATAL POLICY

WOMEN, LIBERATED OR TO BE PROTECTED?

SOVIET PROPAGANDA IN POSTERS

From the first years of the revolution and following Russian Constructivist graphic designers such as Lazar Lissitzky and Octave Klutsis, the Soviets developed a revolutionary style and imagery which continued until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.


The recurrent themes of soviet imagery were:

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The revolution

The word of Lenin

The party

The Red Army

Anniversaries of the revolution

Productivism

Republics

Sport

Science

ЗАБОТА ОБ ИНТЕРЕСАХ НАРОДА - ДЕЛО ЧЕСТИ КОМСОМОЛА!

1982 – В. ПОТАПОВ, Ю. РОМАНОВ

CHF 690.–

ПОМНИ, ТРУЖЕНИК ДОРОГ : ВСЁ ДОСАВИТЬ ТОЧНО В СРОК !

1963 – R. SURJANINOV

CHF 590.–

ВЫШЕ ЗНАМЯ СОВЕТСКОГО СПОРТА!

1979 – H. КОМИНАРЕЧ

CHF 750.–

ПУСКОВЫЕ-ДОСРОЧНО В СТРОЙ !

1977 – E. ТОМАШЕВСКИЯ

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< ‘Accelerate construction’


> ‘Spoutnik, Soviet satellites are terrestrial works of art’.

СОВЕТСКИЕ ИСКУССТВЕННЫЕ СПЧТНИКИ ЭЕМЛИ - (Soviet satellite) - Spoutnik 3

1958 – ANONYME

CHF 970.–

THE KOREAN WAR

The korean War ended with an armistice on the 27th of July 1953. But to this day peace has still not been signed.

OSPAAAL, Mois de solidarité avec le peuple de la Corée

1969 – ANONYME

CHF 950.–

Tensions between North Korea and its ally China on one side, and on the other side of the 38th parallel, South Korea and the United States, have never ceased.


A poster by OSPAAAL to encourage the ‘brave’ North Korean soldiers who will hunt the Americans.

CHINESE POSTERS

The Chinese Communist Party produced a very important number of propaganda posters, notably during the Cultural Revolution.

Original posters from this time are rare and highly sought after, such as those below in their pure Chinese revolutionary style.

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Socialism advanced everywhere guided by the ‘Little Red Book’ by Mao Zedong.






Socialisme Advances in Victory Everywhere

1970 circa – ANONYME

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> The great themes of Communist Party posters were, production, revolution, socialism, the army, education and hygiene. These were the only authorized themes at that time.

All other forms of advertising were banned.

Made in the Peoples Republic of China

1986 circa – WONG YUNG CHAN

CHF 990.–

Soyons toujours prêts à anéantir les ennemis intrus!

1950 circa – ANONYME

CHF 930.–


‘Always be ready destroy invaders!’

MAY 68 POSTERS

During the events of May 1968, screen print work shops in the Parisian art schools were working around the clock. Students printed more than 600 different posters in support of the movement.

Mai 68, Journal Mural 2, la lutte continue

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 450.–


These posters would be printed on bad quality wrapping paper often with the text written by hand and with a stamp, ‘L’Atelier Populaire, Ex-Ecole des Beaux arts’.

Mai 68, Soutenez les grévistes de Renault - CGT - CFDT

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 470.–

Mai 68, l'élan est donné par la lutte prolongée, C.A.R. Montrouge

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 470.–


These artisanal posters are often stained, have fingerprints and have faults which make them all different. The manuscript text and the different placement of the stamp makes everyone unique.

Mai 68, L'élan est donné pour une lutte prolongée, C.A.R. Montrouge

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 470.–

Mai 68, Flics à Flins, Flics chez vous

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 430.–

Unique proofs, they are charged with emotion and spontaneity. When touching them we can almost smell the tear gas and hear the explosion of the grenades.

Mai 68, Travailleurs actifs & chomeurs, tous unis

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 450.–

Mai 68, Adhérez au parti de la peur

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 160.–

Mai 68, Elections régulières?? non, truquées, fascistes, intoxiquées

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 240.–

Mai 68, Adhérez au parti de la trouille

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 230.–

Mai 68, le régime compresse, la presse complice

1968 – ANONYME, LES REVOLUTIONNAIRES

CHF 620.–


It is difficult to imagine that before May 68, the French press, radio and television was censured by the French government.

May 68 liberated the media.

MARXIST - LENINIST - MAOIST OR ANARCHIST ?

RED ARMY FACTION - ROTE ARMEE FRAKTION - RAF

The ‘Red Army Faction, in German, ‘Rote Armee Fraktion’ was also called the ‘Baader Meinhof Gang’ after the names of its leaders. The RAF was an extreme left German terrorist organization founded in 1968. This urban guerrilla movement encouraged revolutionary armed struggle and carried out a large number of bombings and assassinations up until 1998. It was allied to the Italian Red Brigades (Brigatte Rosse) and the ‘Stella Rossa’ and other terrorist movement groups.

Rote steine, Wir müssen Hart werden, ohne unsere Zärtlichkeit zu verlieren

1973 circa – ANONYME

CHF 870.–


An extremely rare poster made for the defence of René Kellerm an imprisioned member of the ‘Rote Steine’ or ‘Stella Rossa’ Italian terrorist group, allied to the Red Brigades and the Baader Meinhof Gang in the 1970’s.

An extremely rare document.

Poster from the German extreme left which expresses its support of 2 representatives of the PLO who were eliminated by the MOSSAD.

Rare historic document from the Baader Meinhof Gang, the Red Army faction, (Rote Armee Facktion, RAF) in German.

Der Zionistische terror wird die Revolution nicht aufhalten

1973 – ANONYME

CHF 850.–

‘Zionist terror will not stop the revolution’. (poster quote)
‘The martyr Mahmud Al Hamschari, the representative of the PLO in Paris, hurt during an explosion in his house the 8th of December 1972, died of his wounds the 9th of January 1973’. (poster quote)
‘The martyr Wael Zu’etter, representative of the PLO in Rome, assinated in his house the 16th of October 1972 by a Zionist terrorist gang’. (poster quote)

These two PLO leaders were considered by the MOSSAD to have participated in the hostage crisis at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 which ended in the assassination of 11 members of the Olympic Committee.

OSPAAAL, INTERNATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY POSTERS

The OSPAAAL, ‘The organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America’, is a Cuban government organization which combats imperialism and capitalism and defends human rights.

OSPAAAL, Lenin

1970 – Alfrédo ROSTGAARD

CHF 730.–


It organized international conferences and has printed many posters in the support of revolutionary movements.

OSPAAAL, 30ème anniversaire, 1966-1996, Hasta la Victoria Siempre

1996 – Eladio RIVADULLA

CHF 450.–

Hasta la victoria siempre

OSPAAAL, Semaine Internationale de solidarité avec l'Amérique Latine, du 19 au 25 avril

1970 – Asela PEREZ

CHF 730.–

OSPAAAL, Polisario, 5ème anniversaire

1981 – Rafael MORANTE

CHF 430.–

OSPAAAL, Journée de Solidarité avec le peuple du Venezuela le 21 novembre

1969 – Faustino PÉREZ

CHF 630.–

Che Guevara

1990 circa – ANONYME

CHF 190.–

CDR, Baluarte solido e indestructible de nuestra historica y gloriosa revolucion

1975 circa – ANONYME

CHF 440.–

OSPAAAL, Journée de solidarité mondiale avec la révolution Cubaine

1975 – Alberto Ortiz DE ZARATE

CHF 450.–

SOLIDARITY DAYS

Central and South American countries were conflict zones between the Americans and the guerrilla revolutionary movements supported by Cuba and the USSR.

OSPAAAL, Semaine de solidarité avec les peuples d'Asie

1969 – ANONYME

CHF 450.–

OSPAAAL, Journée Mondiale de Solidarité avec le Laos

1972 – Andrés HERNANDEZ

CHF 470.–

OSPAAAL, Journée de Solidarité avec le Peuple du Laos le 12 octobre

1970 – Ernesto PADRON

CHF 450.–

OSPAAAL, Journée de Solidarité avec le Congo

1970 – Antonio MARIÑO

CHF 430.–

OSPAAAL, Jornada de Solidaridad con la Lucha Del Pueblo Japones

1968 – ANONYME

CHF 430.–


Venezuela, Laos, Congo and Japon

OSPAAAL, Duelo Para la Conciencia Humana, Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino

1967 – ANONYME

CHF 430.–


< Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

> Lebanon was also touched by the co-lateral conflict between Israel and the Arab countries.

An OSPAAAL poster which represents a Palestinian fighter on a cedar tree background.

OSPAAAL, Solidarité internationale avec la lutte du peuple libanais

1982 – Alberto BLANCO

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The tricontenental conferences

OSPAAAL, Anniversaire Conférence Tricontinentale

1971 – Alfrédo ROSTGAARD

CHF 430.–

OSPAAAL, Conférence Tricontinentale Quatrième Anniversaire

1970 – Alfrédo ROSTGAARD

CHF 470.–

REVOLUTIONARY LIBERATION MOVEMENTS

RAYMOND SAVIGNAC POSTERS

SOLIDARNOSC POSTERS

Solidarnosc is a revolutionary worker's trade union movement founded in Poland in 1980 by Lech Walesa. This movement was politically opposed, though in a pacific way, to the pro-soviet government and the state of siege, decreed by the general in sunglasses, Wojciech Jaruzelski.

After the coup d'état, Solidarnosc was supported by solidarity movements in Western Europe, who printed numerous posters.

This trade union was one of the forces which shook the soviet system and which would finally lead to the opening of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the URSS.

Libérez Solidarność

1982 circa – ANONYME

CHF 430.–

Solidarność

1982 circa – ANONYME

CHF 390.–

Solidarité avec Solidarność, Non à la normalisation

1982 – ANONYME

CHF 450.–

HUMAN RIGHTS POSTERS

Many artists have been engaged in human rights, the fight against racism and the protection of minorities.

Alexander Calder, Angela Davis, Jean-Michel Folon, Raymond Savignac, Exem, Mix & Remix and many others…..

Humanité

1969 – Alexander CALDER

CHF 630.–

Liberté pour Angela

1971 circa – ANONYME

CHF 430.–

Solidariteit Angela Davis, De Jonge Kommunisten Organiseren een Meeting

1970 circa – Marc SOMVILLE

CHF 550.–

The OSPAAL printed many posters in the support of anti-racist and human rights movements in the world.

OSPAAAL, Nelson Mandela, Symbole de la lutte contre l'Apartheid

1990 circa – Alberto BLANCO

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Two Cubain posters to support Nelson Mandela and the South African people.

OSPAAAL, Solidarité avec le peuple d'Afrique du Sud

1977 – Victor Manuel NAVARETTE

CHF 330.–

ONU, Artistes du monde contre l'apartheid

1983 – ARMAN

CHF 690.–


The United Nations against Apartheid


Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l'Homme, article 14

1989 circa – Jean-Michel FOLON

CHF 240.–


1789 – 1989 anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights.

Images Internationales pour les droits de l'Homme et du citoyen

1989 – Raymond SAVIGNAC

CHF 490.–

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL POSTERS


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