The battle for art – part six: the ideological function of a stamp

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Stamp of the RSFSR, The Liberated Proletarian, 1921

Stamp of the RSFSR, The Liberated Proletarian, 1921

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Bottom image: Art of the October Revolution, Compiler, Mikhail Guerman, Trans., W.Freeman, D.Saunders, C.Binns, Aurora Art Publishers, Leningrad, 1986

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One thought on “The battle for art – part six: the ideological function of a stamp

  1. Oh my. At the top a photo captured with the click of a button, a depiction of Nature made into commodity that screams, ‘this belongs to our country.’ At the bottom a painstakingly engraved scene depicting a worker as he triumphs over evil and moves out of darkness and into light — a version of the underworld descent myth that speaks of everyday heroism and hope for the future. The winner of this battle is clear.

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