Marcin Stajewski Wojna i Pokój (War and Peace) (Poster for Warsaw dramatization of the 1869 novel by Leo Tolstoy) 1982

  • Not on view

War and Peace deals with Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia, but its wider themes of imperial power, war, and the place of the individual in history resonated with the political situation in Poland in the 1980s. Stajewski's ambiguous imagery is suggestive of lethal danger and self-harm—a white bird is a conventional symbol of peace, but the vicious beak implies aggression; the bloodstain can be read as a self-inflicted wound.

Gallery label from Polish Posters 1945–89, May 6–November 30, 2009.
Offset lithograph
36 3/4 x 26 1/4" (93.3 x 66.6 cm)
Gift of the designer
Object number
Architecture and Design

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