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Victory!

A work made of linocut and letterpress in red and black on tan wove paper.

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  • A work made of linocut and letterpress in red and black on tan wove paper.

Date:

1945

Artist:

Ángel Bracho
Mexican, 1911-2005

About this artwork

This 1945 poster, which is typical of Bracho’s dense compositional style, celebrates the Allied victory over Nazi Germany; the caption expresses the Taller de Gráfica Popular’s solidarity with “all workers and progressives in Mexico and the world,” in a step toward the “total destruction of fascism.” In Bracho’s hallucinatory image, an Allied bayonet gives the coup de grace to a grotesque caricature of Hitler emblazoned on an Axis helmet. The helmet surmounts a junk heap of history—piled with Nazi and Italian fascist regalia and symbols, as well as weapons of war—about to be engulfed in cleansing flames. Above fly the flags of the Allied forces, dominated by the shining star of the Soviet Red Army. Posters such as this were designed in the Taller de Gráfica Popular workshop but printed commercially for distribution throughout Mexico.

Español:
Este cartel de 1945, típico del denso estilo de composición de Bracho, celebra la victoria aliada sobre la Alemania nazi. El texto manifiesta la solidaridad del Taller de Gráfica Popular con “todos los trabajadores y hombres progresistas de México y del Mundo [en un esfuerzo hacia] la destrucción total del fascismo". En la alucinante imagen de Bracho, una bayoneta aliada da el toque de gracia a la grotesca caricatura de Hitler estampada sobre un casco del Eje. El casco aparece encima de un montón de desechos históricos, apilado junto con símbolos fascistas nazis e italianos y armas de guerra, y a punto de ser consumido por la llamas purificadoras. Por encima ondean las banderas de las fuerzas aliadas, dominadas por la brillante estrella del Ejercito Rojo soviético. Carteles como éste fueron diseñados por el Taller de Gráfica Popular e impresos comercialmente para su distribución en el país.

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Artist

Ángel Bracho

Title

Victory!

Origin

México

Date

1945

Medium

Linocut and letterpress in red and black on tan wove paper

Dimensions

803 × 600 mm

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Club Fund

Reference Number

1948.72

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