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    World War II Propaganda (1943). Italian 2 - Fogli (38.75" X 54.25") Venus de Milo, Gino Boccasile Artwork.
    Gino Boccasile, the son of a perfumer, was born in Bari, Italy on July 14th, 1901. Trained as an illustrator, he moved to Milan in 1925 and worked at the Mauzan-Morzenti Agency, where he produced posters and illustrated fashion magazines. A supporter of Benito Mussolini, Boccasile produced propaganda material for the government. Anthony Rhodes, the author of Propaganda: The Art of Persuasion: World War II (1987) has written, "Posters were created for the Duce by Italy's leading graphic artists. Foremost among them was Gino Boccasile, whose posters epitomized the Fascist themes: the courage of the black shirts against the Allies, anti-Semitism, and the portrayal of the enemy soldiers as barbarians." On the outbreak of the Second World War he produced several racist and anti-Semitic posters that targeted the allies. This included one poster that referred to African-American soldiers in the United States Army. This poster is one of the most scarce and well-known pieces of propaganda produced by the Italians showing the black American sergeant, his features transformed nearly into a gorilla's face, as he grasps a ludicrously under-priced treasure of ancient Greece with animal savagery. Professional touchup has been applied to the folds with mild tears and small chips. There was a minor chip in the bottom border, and the poster has a few unaddressed creases. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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