Soviet Union socialist irrigation Bulgarian propaganda poster design (circa 1950s)


Gouache on board

18 x 11 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 features huge juicy vegetables, grown as the result of newly-implemented irrigation systems. Socialist farming practices in Bulgaria were commonplace during its time as a Soviet ally or ‘satellite’; the government was keen to encourage well-yielding farming practices and to be seen as a protector of agricultural infrastructure turing this turbulent period of the 20th century.

Condition: very good.

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