Paris: [Atelier Populaire], 1969. Item #5308
Multi-color screenprint in red, purple and black. 19 x 30 in. Very good. Paper is unevenly torn at top edge, resulting in a portion chipping, not obstructing text or image, and creases from folding. Otherwise a remarkably clean copy.
A remarkably scare and tremendous multi-colored screenprint by French students in solidarity with Spanish anarchists. Calling viewers to a meeting with the Spanish anarchist formation CNT, the authors declare themselves for the radicalisation of the struggle.
The student revolt in Paris 1968 proliferated outward to other sectors of French society and culminated in a vast general strike that paralyzed the government, and very nearly toppled the De Gaulle administration. Contributing to the momentum of May ’68 dissent was the Atelier Populaire, a workshop of students and teachers from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, who clandestinely produced and distributed hundreds of posters to bolster the protesters’ resolve. These posters were the main informational vehicles of students and workers, a corrective to government propaganda in the mainstream media. This original poster produced by the Atelier Populaire advertises a meeting with a striking image of a snake wrapped around a hand and forearm.
An important piece of international solidarity graphics from the radical left, as CNT struggled to regain strength under the fascist regime, months after the French uprising in 1968 and only a few years before the death of Franco.