Lot 77: KUKRYNIKSY (ACTIVE 1924-1980s) Designs for the Posters "Okno TASS No. 640. Prevrashchenie fritsev" and "Okno TASS No. 1109. Krylovskaya martyshka o Gebbelse", two works, each signed. Each pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, laid on cardboard, measuring 50 by 42.5 cm. Kukryniksy is a conflation of the names of three caricaturists, Mikhail Kupriyanov, Porfiri Krylov and Nikolai Sokolov, who were part of a group of eminent Soviet artists and poets, involved between 1941 and 1945 in the work of the media agency TASS, which led the propaganda campaign Okna TASS . The works in the present lot are sketches for the satirical posters produced for Okna TASS . Krylovskaya martyshka o Gebbelse is a satirical take on Ivan Krylov's famous fable The Mirror and the Monkey, in which the monkey catches sight of its reflection in a mirror and cries out: "I'd hang myself in great dismay/If I were a little bit like that monkey there!" Related literature: For printed versions of the posters, see Okno Tass No. 640. Prevrashchenie "fritsev", Moscow, TASS, 1942. Okno Tass No. 1109. Krylovskaya martyshka o Gebbelse, Moscow, TASS, 1944.
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Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
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