N. Vietnam Propaganda – Our Only Bomb is the Human Heart – Tempura on Paper
Nguyen Thanh [Vietnam Poster]
Follow the Example of Nguyen Thai Binh. Our Only Bomb is the Human Heart. [Sign: Overthrow American Aggression Against Viet Nam], 1972
Pencil and tempura on paper
16 3/4 x 24 inches
"Political posters first appeared in Viet Nam around 1946 in the early years of the war of resistance against the French colonialists, notably with the subversive work of the artist Luong Xuan Nhi... Since that time the making of posters has been associated with every important event of the revolutionary movement."
"Although the original purpose of these posters was to convey government propaganda and policy, the works found their own voice graphically; as a popular art form, they rose above their stated political slogans to address a cultural need."
"The important of these images and their influence cannon be overestimated. They were not only present in everyday life, stirring emotions and inspiring feelings of nationalism, but they also had a rich effect on other Vietnamese art."
–– Professor Nguyen Ngoc Dung from the "Decade of Protest" (Smart Art Press, 1995) exhibition catalogue.