Cold history-William Gooch

This gallery features different works of art during the cold war. The art represents different sentiments about communism. Its mostly featured on propaganda from different countries affected by the USSR's push for communism. There are several paintings, and a photograph that helps set the scene for the cold war, and anti, and pro communist sentiment.

This propaganda poster was created in Portugal, by an unknown artist. It represents anti-communist right around the end of World War II. The poster itself features workers being led in shackles by a communist officer. The officer is protrayed with exaggerated features making him look cartoonish and evil.
This image was painted by Wolfgang Letti in Germany in 1981. This was a surreal artwork with a surreal description of how it came to be. After he painted it it spread throughout Germany as a representation of unifying the two german states. It was mostly featured on posters and postcards.
This was painted by Dimitrij Vrubel and it features two prominent stalinists, Brezhnev and Honecker. This work will remain as a representation of what the artist felt was stagnation and complacency within the Soviet state. The piece juxtaposes what many see as cruelty in violence within the soviet regime, with an intimate kiss between two prominent stalinists.
This was a communist propaganda poster by Hugo Gellert. It was a pro communist poster showing the strength that the communist party could give to the worker, and the people. Communism is usually represented by the color red, and this poster uses it liberally to show strength within the communist movement.
This was a pro-Communist painting by Frida Kahlo. It depicts Karl Marx in a surrealist fashion. This was meant to show that Communism, and Marxism in particular would be good for the people. This painting uses a few different elements to represent its subject matter. In particular it uses cool colors to make Marxism seem non threatening and good for the people.
This was a campaign poster for the American Communist part in 1932. It was for the presidential campaign of Foster and Ford. Ford was the First African American to be featured on a presidential ticket, and although they only tallied about 100,000 votes total it was a large step forward for the communist party in American politics.
This is a painting of prominent socialist Aksel Larsen. He was the founder of the socialist people's party, and was originally a communist. He was kicked out of the communist party for his views on the soviet state. That puts this piece in a strange spot. He was at once both a communist supporter and detractor, critical of stalin but ultimately in favor of it as a system.
This was a badge featuring a depiction of Chairman Mao Ze Dong. This badge has a lot of history, during the time period this badge was manufactured by many Chinese factories, and worn by almost all of the Chinese people of the time. This is another pro-Communist piece that used the color red to show strength for the Chinese leader, and the communist movement.
This is an interesting depiction of anti-Communist sentiment during the Korean war. The Korean people at the time were becoming more and more anti-Communism as educational programs and the media helped spread anti-Communism. This piece depicts Communist tanks rolling through a village murdering innocent people.
This is probably one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. It depicts the fall of the Berlin wall, and the reunification of the two German states. This is a well crafted photo that draws the eye to the throngs of people on the street, and the people on the wall. There is negative space depicted in the top of the photograph, giving more focus to the subject of the photograph, the people crowded around.
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