El Lissitzky Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge Print

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Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge (“Клином красным бей белых!”) is a 1920 lithographic Soviet propaganda poster by artist Lazar Markovich Lissitzky, better known as El Lissitzky, “the man through whose exertions the new Russian ideas became generally understood in Western Europe”.

In the poster, the intrusive red wedge symbolises the bolsheviks, who are penetrating and defeating their opponents, the White movement, during the Russian Civil War. It is an example of Suprematism.

The image became popular in the West when Lissitzky moved to Germany in 1921. It is considered symbolic of the Russian Civil War in Western publications, although it is virtually unknown in Russia.

c1920 Vintage Russian Suprematism 250gsm GLOSS ART CARD A3 Reproduction Poster.

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