Title: In Fighting, Revenge for the blood of a thousand Poles.
Date: Between 1943 and August 1944
Dimensions: Unknown specifics, no bigger than 1′ by 3′
Provenance: Now in a private collection of a Polish collector.
Description: Stanisław Tomaszewski-Miedza was a polish poster artist and resistance fighter with the Polish Home Army. He ended up in Warsaw before and during the Warsaw uprising and was responsible for a large majority of the poster work done for the Home Army before and during the uprising. This poster, which in English translates to “In fighting, Revenge for the blood of a thousand Poles,” is a call to arms for the people of the city of Warsaw, and stands as a lasting testament to their bravery during the uprising, while painting a strong nationalistic image while drawing from traditional polish poster designs.
Further Reading: I recommend reading up on this quick article from the Norman Rockwell Museum, it’s a wonderful introduction to several polish artists, here
And also, the book Political Posters In Central and Eastern Europe: 1945-1995, by James Aulich and Marta Sylvestrova is a wonderful read and resource.
And finally, for a scholarly approach to the commemoration of the Warsaw Uprising and the Ghetto Uprising, The art of commemoration: fifty years after the Warsaw Uprising, by Titus Ensink and Christopher Sauer.
Authored by: Connor Neale, University of Oklahoma, 2/8/2019.