The land of Suvorov, TASS No. 1057, 29 September 1944

Place Asia: Russia, Moscow
Accession Number ARTV07493
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 1707 mm x 846 mm
Object type Poster
Physical description stencil and print ink on paper
Maker Sokolov-Skalia, Pavel
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Place made Russia: Moscow
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A Russian soldier of the Red Army stands to attention and salutes an apparition of the General of the Russian Empire, Aleksandr Suvorov (1729 - 1800). The only light source in the image comes from the campfire, allowing for the highlighting and shadows. Suvorov was used as a symbol of encouragement and propaganda by the Russians in the Second World War, as he was legendary for having never lost a battle during his military career; he became a Russian folk emblem similar to Uncle Sam of the United States. The poem underneath the image was written by Aleksei Mashistov, and translates to: 'Suvorov's Haunts / The area around the Dnieper and the banks of the Danube are radiant with the glory of Suvorov's victories. / Where out grandfathers were victorious in battle, / Again the Russian knight has earned soldierly glory. / And Suvarov, proud of our victory, / Congratulates his valiant grandsons.'

The translation was provided by the Art Institute of Chicago, which held an exhibition of TASS posters from July 31 to October 23 2011. The exhibition's catalogue, "Windows on the War" (edited by Peter Zork Zegers and Douglas Druik), includes a large amount of information about the TASS posters, the artists and writers as well as methods of printing and distributing.