Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In El Lissitzky’s “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge”, we can see a perfect example of simple shapes done with lithography. It is a simplified portrait, using the most basic shapes, to portray a meaning of propaganda. A red, intrusive wedge, symbolizes the workers penetrating and defeating their opponents, the Whites (capitalists/counter revolutionaries), during the Russian Civil War. He delivers a clear political message where, during that time, red was the standard symbol for revolution. White was the standard for anti-revolutionary forces. The text on the right said “Beat Whites” where white was the position of anti-revolutionaries.

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