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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Viktor Koretskii, Soviet poster artist b. May 18, 1909



Koretskii, (also sometimes translated as Koretsky), was an astonishingly prolific Soviet artist created some of the USSR's most iconic and famous posters. They ranged from posters during the war, posters against colonialism and imperialism, posters promoting the building of socialism and communism to posters about teachers and other civic subjects. He was born May 18, 1909 in Kiev.


From the Great Soviet Encyclopedia 1979:


Viktor Borisovich Koretskii


Born May 18, 1909, in Kiev. Soviet graphic and poster artist. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1964).


From 1922 to 1929, Koretskii studied at the Moscow Secondary School of Fine Arts. In his works he combines photographs of nature with pencil and gouache drawings. Koretskii’s most outstanding posters, which were executed primarily during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, are distinguished by their clarity of design and by their intensely emotional depiction of the dramatic experiences of the Soviet people. His works include the posters Greetings to the Great Union of SSR! (1937), Warrior of the Red Army, Save Us! (1942), Peace Will Be Victorious! (1950), The Immortality of Lenin — In Our Achievements (1964), and Be Damned! (1965). Koretskii received the State Prize of the USSR in 1946 and 1949.


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He died in 1998.


Forward to Communism, 1947


Glory to the Teachers, 1948


May Day Poster, 1969


Peace, Friendship, Solidarity -- No to Fascism!, 1977


Glory to the Great Soviet people – Builders of Communism

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