I have always been interested in the way in which art has been used as a propaganda weapon and as an expression of state triumphalism.
As a child I wrote away to the Soviet Embassy in Canberra and asked them to send me material on the USSR. I am not sure how much I believed of the glowing stories of collectivist success, but I found the graphic expression interesting.
Lexcen recently pointed me towards an interesting site, englishrussia.com, presenting photos and accompanying short posts on Russia. I know far too little about modern Russia, so I found the site very interesting.
While browsing, I found a story beginning with the above illustration. It is apparently from a Russian Government site on family and family issues.
When I first looked at the illustration I looked at it in the context of the demographic time bomb now facing Russia. I was also struck by the stylistic links to the Communist styles of the past.
Reading on, the post carries a second graphic, a piece from Nazi Germany promoting the Nazi concept of race and family. Now the Nazi and Soviet propaganda machines did, I think, influence each other. However, I was surprised to find such an exact example today of copying from the past.