Date: 1967, reprinted in 1980s
Size: 30 x 20 inches
Artist: People's Fine Arts Publishing House
Propaganda posters of Mao Zedong can be traced back to the 1940s, but the god-like images of him produced in the 1960s are unparalleled. According to chineseposters.net "the Army became responsible for art. This art should unite and educate the people, inspire the struggle of revolutionary people and eliminate the bourgeoisie. [...] Proletarian ideology, communist morale and spirit, revolutionary heroism were the messages of a new type of hyper-realism that took precedence over style and technique and that differed in all aspects from art creation until then. The color red was heavily featured; it symbolized everything revolutionary, everything good and moral; the color black, on the other hand, signified precisely the opposite. Color symbolism continued to be important in the following years, not only in visual propaganda, but in printed propaganda as well."
This poster's message translates to: "Victory in Marxism-Leninism, Long live the thought of Mao Zedong!" which references the first line of Mao's "little red book" which reads: “The force at the core leading our cause forward is the Chinese Communist Party. The theoretical basis guiding our thinking is Marxism-Leninism.” It shows (from left to right) Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. Professionally linen backed, this poster is a 1980s reprint of the 1967 first-edition propaganda poster.