This poster for a short film shows a worker cranking a machine. The film’s title, The Labour Front, is written in white capital letters in the lower half of the poster, beneath the image.

Harry Mayerovitch

(Montréal 1910 – Montréal 2004)


The Labour Front


Silkscreen print

106.5 x 73.5 cm

Gift of the Harry Mayerovitch family

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection, 2006.379

© Estate of Harry Mayerovitch

Photo: MNBAQ, Jean-Guy Kérouac

The Labour Front is a poster for a short film produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Personifying contributions to the Canadian war effort, a muscular factory worker is pictured from a low angle as he operates a machine. The white outlines and highlighting against the shaded dark ochre and areas of flat black accentuate the volumes and create movement to dramatic effect. The imposing figure is presented as a symbol of courage and determination.

The architect, painter, poster designer, cartoonist, writer and teacher Harry Mayerovitch left his mark on the history of Canadian art. After training with the architect Percy Nobbs (1875-1964), Mayerovitch went on to design many buildings, among them the Sternthal Building (1949-1950) in downtown Montréal. The paintings, cartoons and other works he produced on the subject of war reflect his leftist sympathies. He also created posters for the National Film Board of Canada between 1942 and 1944.


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