Dmitry Moor

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Famous Did You Volunteer? propaganda poster, 1920
Be on Guard! propaganda poster, depicting a red cavalryman in the Polish-Soviet War, with text by Trotsky.

D. Moor (Russian: Д. Моор) was the professional name of Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov (Russian: Дмитрий Стахиевич Орлов, 1883, Novocherkassk – 1946, Moscow), a Russian artist noted for his propaganda posters.[1][2]

Graphic Design - Soviet Russia 1918

One of the distinct types of posters design are evident. This style is practiced most notably by Victor Deni and Dmitri S. Moor, was the development of the political illustration.

Moor's allegories gained power in enlargement, with haunting contrasts of then and now, enemies versus heroic allies, imperialism against workers' struggles, to which he added a simple slogan: Death to World Imperialism.

Industry, squeezed by the reactionary dragon, is on the point of rescue by the armed forces of revolution. Less typical of Moor's work is the lone figure of his poster appealing for the victims of the 1920 famine, with the single word of Pomogi (help). The drawings of the skeletal old man and the two wretched stalks of barley are no longer illustrations but have become a single graphic design idea, an ideogram of hunger.

Many of Moor's and Deni's posters were restricted to black and red. Red could be used to identify revolutionary elements, particularly flags, worker's shirts and peasant blouses. Black was used for the main drawing and as a solid colour for the clothes of capitalist and priest.

He was also the chief artist for the Bezbozhnik ("Godless") magazine.[3]


  1. ^ Dmitry Moor[dead link]
  2. ^ "Proletarians of all countries, unite! - D. Moor - 1919". 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  3. ^ Журнал "БЕЗБОЖНИК", Москва, СССР (Bezbozhnik Magazine, Moscow, USSR). The page is in UTF-8 encoding. The caption to the front page picture of the No. 1 issue, by Dmitry Moor, shown in the article, is "We've finished with the earthly kings – now it's time to take care of the heavenly ones!"