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V.I. Lenin

Lenin's overcoat, 1977

Lenin's overcoat, 1977

Aside from the regular appearance of his image on Tiananmen Square during occasions of national importance, Lenin, as one of the major founts of ideological wisdom, has not been visualized as often as Karl Marx. Some episodes from his life, such as the one where he gives away his overcoat, were used for educational purposes.

Long live the dictatorship of the proletariat!, early 1970s

Long live the dictatorship of the proletariat!, early 1970s

In the early 1970s, however, Lenin in one of his well-known poses was used to lend extra weight to the concept of the dictatorship of the proletariat (above).

Long live Leninism!, 1964

Long live Leninism!, 1964

Lenin loves children, 1982

Lenin loves children, 1982

The poster above is rather problematic. Designed by veteran artist Ha Qiongwen, it doesn't seem to serve any political and/or propaganda purpose, and only succeeds in making look Lenin slightly ludicrous.

In the late 1990s, Lenin was even used in a campaign to stop people smoking.


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