God Save the Tsar

Friday November 25, 2011 Written by jo

Think Russian poster art and you'll probably jump straight to Socialist Realism: impossibly blocky peasant blokes, massive fists grasping sickles, Stalin's triumphant moustache... But our friends in Moscow had their poster-printing chops down well before the Bolsheviks turned up.

This collection of (mostly) pre-revolutionary Russian graphic design shows off styles ranging from Art Nouveau to traditional folk art to early branding and propaganda posters, some of them commemorating the 300-year anniversary of the founding of Imperial Russia. (They weren't cheering too hard a couple of years later, but that's politics for you.) You won't need to look at another double-headed eagle all day.