Not titled, TASS No. 756, 23 June 1943

Accession Number ARTV07494
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 1738 yd x 848 mm
Object type Poster
Physical description Stencil ink on paper
Maker Kukryniksy
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Telegraphic Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS)
Place made Russia: Moscow
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A Russian propaganda poster created under the TASS news agency, this image depicts the Fascist leader Benito Mussolini sitting in a boot, representing Italy, that is attached to a damaged hot air balloon. He is plummeting towards several Italian municipal islands that have been taken by the allies, and the image shows that it will not be long before the Fascist regime will come to an end. The text underneath the image was written by TASS poet Samuil Iakovlevich Marshak, and translates as: 'The Fascist empire is trembling, / Cowering, shivering, like a jellyfish. / Bayonets pierce through Pantelleria, / Through Lampione and Lampedusa. / They'll move even farther / Maybe even toward Italy...'

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.