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Photo, Print, Drawing The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians, Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions.

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Title

  • The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians, Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions.

Summary

  • This World War I propaganda poster, created by Aristarkh Lentulov (1882--1943), depicts Austrian soldiers defeated by the Russian army in September 1914 fleeing from the city of Lvov (present-day L'viv, Ukraine). The Russian horsemen, long spears raised, charge the enemy as the Austrians panic and run away. Lvov is depicted in the center of the picture with simple geometrical shapes and strong colors. In the early stages of the war, a number of Russian avant-garde artists, including Lentulov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Kazimir Malevich, formed the group Segodnyashnii Lubok (Today's lubok), which produced satirical anti-German and anti-Austrian posters and postcards to support the Russian war effort. The name originated from the traditional Russian folk prints, lubok, which combined simple pictures and narratives from popular tales. These artists adapted the style of lubok to their posters, making them readily accessible to the masses and effective as a way of strengthening national morale. Lvov, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was a strategic target in the war. The rhymes under the picture were written by Mayakovsky and read: "The Austrians surrendered Lvov to the Russians, like rabbits defeated by lions! Like a pack of crawfish they will retreat to far away, beyond Krakow!" Lentulov's posters, including this one, reflect his interest in lubok, the old Russian architecture, and traditions of icon painting. He studied art in Russia and France, and between 1910 and 1920 he was influenced by cubism and futurism, although his paintings had a distinctive national character.

Names

  • Lentulov, Aristarkh Vasilievich, 1882-1943 Artist.

Created / Published

  • Moscow : Segodnyashnii Lubok, 1914.

Headings

  • -  Austria
  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  Ukraine--L'viv Oblast--L'viv
  • -  1914-08
  • -  Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
  • -  Battles
  • -  Lubok (Narrative art prints)
  • -  Soldiers
  • -  War posters
  • -  World War, 1914-1918

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 chromolithographic print.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Russia.
  • -  Content in Russian.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • World War I

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021669077

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Lentulov, Aristarkh Vasilievich, Artist. The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians, Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions. L'viv Oblast L'viv Ukraine Russian Federation Austria, 1914. Moscow: Segodnyashnii Lubok. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669077/.

APA citation style:

Lentulov, A. V. (1914) The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians, Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions. L'viv Oblast L'viv Ukraine Russian Federation Austria, 1914. Moscow: Segodnyashnii Lubok. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669077/.

MLA citation style:

Lentulov, Aristarkh Vasilievich, Artist. The Austrians Surrendered Lvov to the Russians, Like Rabbits Defeated by Lions. Moscow: Segodnyashnii Lubok. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021669077/>.