A recruitment poster published in Ukrainian from Kiev in 1920, the text on this artwork reads: “The Red Cavalry fought against Mamontov, Shkuro, Denikin. They fought against Pans and Petlyura. Now it’s Wrangel’s turn. Workers and Peasants – Join the Red Cavalry.” Silkin depicts the soldier on horseback wearing the distinctive ‘budenovka’ helmet of the calvary, named after its first commander Semyon Budenny, a prominent figure under Stalin.
Join the Red Cavalry!
Red Star Over Russia
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 76.4 x 57.2 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.