The Design of Portuguese Political Poster: Two Politics, Two Discourses

"The Portuguese constitution of 1933 brought profound ideological changes, which were reflected in the political propaganda posters produced during the period. One of the measures taken by the new regime (the “Estado Novo” or “New State”) was the publication of the “Decalogue of the Estado Novo," a document that was similar in concept to the Biblical “Ten Commandments,” in that it laid out a series of ‘laws’ presenting the intentions and objectives of the regime. Another was the creation of the Bureau for National Propaganda (SPN or Secretariado da Propaganda Nacional) (1933), led by António Ferro (1895-1956). His proximity to the modernists meant that he was able to encourage artists to serve the regime’s objectives."

— excerpt from "The Design of Portuguese Political Poster: Two Politics, Two Discourses" by Helena Barbosa, Anna Calvera, and Vasco Branco

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