celebrating communal agriculture
Despite the modernist prohibition against art to glorify king and country, designers in the new Soviet Union combined modernism with imagery celebrating the revolution.
Initially Soviet artists like Stepanova confined the revolution to
But as the totalitarian government dictated
that communist principles invade all aspects of life,
fabric artists incorporated industry, agriculture and
the five-year plan into cotton prints.
Gouache design for fabric by
Sergei Burylin (1876-1942)
Sergei Burylin's repeat patterns
combine art deco modernism and propaganda.
Here the USSR's symbol, the Hammer and Sickle, is
the figure in what looks like an old-fashioned
Liubov Popova, painting for as print (gouache)
Sarra Buntis, 1931
V.I. Maslov, 1925
These textiles were featured in a 2006-7
exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia
By Pamela Jill Kachurin
Another publication: I. Yasinkaya, Soviet Textile Design of the Revolutionary Period.
Do a web search for images and the words Soviet Textile to see a display of print design.
Read more about prints as propaganda in Jacqueline Atkins's catalog Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931-1945