Dmitrii Moor was the foremost poster artist for the Bolsheviks during the Civil War, and this work is his operatic masterpiece. Dating from 1919, it shows a diverse group of civilian workers carrying the red flag and joining together to fight an enormous serpent coiled around the city, illustrating the Bolshevik propaganda message that capitalism can be defeated if the workforce unite against it.
Death to World Imperialism
Red Star Over Russia
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 106 x 70.1 cm Tate. Purchased 2016. The David King Collection at Tate
Red Star over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905 – 55
at Tate Modern marks the centenary of the October Revolution with a remarkable display of the collection of the late photographer and graphic designer David King (1943 - 2016), offering a visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Using selected works from King’s incredible collection of over 250,000 items relating to the period, the show will chart how political events changed the face of art and graphic design, with a lasting impact still felt today.