A brilliantly dynamic modernist poster by the Jewish artist Mommie (Samuel Lesser) Schwartz. He together with his wife Else Berg were members of the Bergense School, a group of artists who had settled around the town of Bergen in northern Holland. In 1942, during the German occupation, they were both arrested, forcibly shipped to Auschwitz, via the Westerbork transit camp, and killed.
Schwartz, a brilliant graphic artist, designed this poster as an advertisement for Myn Leven, the Dutch translation of Leon Trotzky’s autobiography, published in Amsterdam by the company Em Querido in 1930. (The owner of the firm, Emanuel Querido, and his wife were killed in Sobibor.)
The lithographic poster is printed in three colors. The image shows the cubist and German post-impressionist influences common among the artists of the Bergense School. Behind a fist, an iconic Socialist symbol, a steam locomotive crosses a bridge in a landscape of electrical(?) structures. Schwartz has recreated the spirit of industrialization a frequent theme in revolutionary Russian graphics. The poster is signed by the artist in the plate.
The poster, backed by acid-free linen, is in good condition with a small restoration of the lower left corner, repaired pinholes on the other three corners, two small repaired tears in the right edge, and an overall aged color.
dimensions: height – 34 1/2″; width – 21″