Riga: Nākotnes Kultūra, ca. 1925. Original lithographed poster in Latvian; black and red; 69 × 51.5 cm. Old creases from folding; a few nicks and smaller tears to upper and right margin; still about very good. Item #6622
This poster was apparently issued by the leftist interwar published Nākotnes Kultūra (Culture of the Future), calling upon Riga workers to demonstrate on May 1. Unsigned, but reminiscent of various illustrators and graphic artists active for Latvian avant-garde publishing houses, such as the work of Strunke, Ernsts Kālis, and lesser known figures like Pēteris Vanags (see Fraser 403). Our best guess, however, is that this design is the work of Ādolfs Girdvoins, born 1908 and a student at the People's College of Riga. Fraser notes that little is known about Girdvoins' life. He illustrated the only truly avant-garde title published by this publisher, entitled "Dumpīga gramata> stāsti un feļetoni" by Ādolf Talcis ("The Rebellious Book: Stories and Feuilletons"). The cover features red lettering similar to the present poster, and the inclusion of a woodcut design in the poster is another giveaway: Girdvoins also provided numerous woodcut illustrations for Talcis' book.
See Fraser, p. 139; L317-318.
Rare; we cannot trace the poster via KVK or OCLC.
Not pictured in Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940.