Klustis photomontage with people "cut out" of original image.
 
     
  Beginning in 1928, Latvian artist Gustav Klustis employs militant typography and montage to promote Soviet messages through eye-popping posters. His main mission is to glorify Stalin, which he does by making his image large and always clearly in command. And when Stalin's purges claim the reputations and the lives of the once-loyal, Klustis reworks his material, as he does with this photomontage, beginning by hacking two army marshals from Stalin's side. Marshal Yegorov, who remains in the poster, is tortured to death in 1939. Klustis also suffers under Stalin's regime; he is arrested in 1938 and is eventually killed.  
 

 

 

 

 
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