Soviet Union pro-Lenin Marxist Bulgarian propaganda poster design (circa 1950s)


Gouache on board

20 x 11.5 cm

After a Communist takeover in 1945, Bulgaria was a Soviet ally during the Cold War, and maintained good relationships with Russia until the Revolutions of 1989. From 1945 to 1948, the country became entrenched within the Soviet sphere of influence under the control of the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) which oversaw a program of Stalinization in the late 1940s and 1950s. Both countries are Slavic nations, and are bound together by a common Orthodox Christian culture.

This poster design is a piece of Leninist propaganda, designed to make Bulgarians associate Lenin and Soviet Marxist rule with efficiency and plenty. It is inscribed to the reverse in Bulgarian ‘To grow plants in rows next to each other – the thickest row with straight cobs’. The Pirin Mountains referred to in the top left-hand corner are a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria.

Condition: very good.

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