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Poster for Russian Exhibition, 1929

El Lissitzky
Russian, 1890 - 1941
photogravure on wove paper, mounted on canvas
126 x 90.3 cm
Purchased 1975
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18470)

While it took eighty years after the invention of photography in 1839 for the first photographs to appear on posters, they have dominated the medium ever since. Shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917, Lissitzky began designing posters using photomontage as a tool for propaganda. Photomontage could be easily understood by the masses and provided a government-sanctioned alternative to painterly Realism.

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