"The first step in the exploration of outer space, taken on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched an artificial satellite of the Earth, laid the foundation for the creation of the youngest poster genre - the space one. Here everything was filled with a joy, which were the successful flights of first satellites spacecraft with a man aboard.
The pioneer of this genre was the artist Valentin Viktorov - an unsurpassed master of decorative festive poster compositions. Viktorov owns most of the posters of 1957-1970, which can always be recognized by a clear graphic pattern, rich color, dynamic composition and exact slogan.
The outstanding master of the plot poster Leonid Golovanov, who created the prophetic work "Let's conquer space!" .
Our victory in space exploration - the flight of Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin on April 12, 1961 - introduced a portrait image of the hero-cosmonaut into the poster. The colorful decorative works of Valentin Viktorov were supplemented by the photomontage posters of Boris Berezovsky and the sharply expressive composition of the posters of Vadim Volikov. Each new space flight was reflected in the works of these artists with a bright original solution.
In the 1960s, the space theme was enriched by the works of famous masters of the political poster: Viktor Ivanov, Viktor Koretsky, Mikhail Solovyov, Nikolai Smolyak, Yevgeny Solovyov, Yuri Kershin and several other artists.
After the establishment of the annual cosmonautics Day on April 12 in the Soviet Union, the image of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin began to symbolize this national holiday. The artists worked on festive posters, each time invariably maintaining loyalty to the image of the hero's figure. The decade of the first manned flight into space was marked by the release of the poster "Cosmos will serve people ... Gagarin" (1971), the author of which - Anatoly Yakushin - returned everyone to that significant day when the running lines of the television screen showed the world the famous smile in the cabin of the spaceship "Vostok-1".
Space posters created by artists in those recent years, and today are very popular. They inspire cheerfulness and optimism, reminding us all the slogan that sounded on Red Square in Moscow on an unforgettable day on April 12, 1961: “Hurray!Space is ours!”
A set of posters
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