Bertalan Pór. Világ Proletárjai Egyesüljetek! (Proletarians of the World, Unite!). 1919

Bertalan Pór Világ Proletárjai Egyesüljetek! (Proletarians of the World, Unite!) 1919

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Striding forward in tandem and bearing elongated red banners beneath the slogan "Proletarians of the World, Unite!" two nudes of epic scale merge with a whirling composition, communicating nervous energy and urgency. Naked and classicized, the figures recall Cezanne's various Bathers paintings, but they also symbolize the universality of the revolutionary impulse. This poster is one of the most memorable images associated with the Hungarian Revolution of 1919. After the fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, Pór spent more than a decade as a political refugee before returning to Hungary once a Communist regime was established following World War II.

Gallery label from Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters, 1919, February 2–August 1, 2011.
98 3/8 x 70 7/8" (249.9 x 180.1 cm)
Gift of Joseph H. Heil, by exchange
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