Poster art and the Spanish Civil War

Arturo Ballestero

For me one of the most beautiful posters from the Spanish Civil War: “A sailer: a hero”. CNT. By the Valencian artist Arturo Ballestero, 1937.

Vicente Ballester

“Our coasts will be defended by our brave seaman” 1937 by Vicente Ballester from Valencia


Classic poster. “Los libros anarquistas son armas contra el fascismo” Anarchist books are weapons against fascism. Barcelona 1937 by Ciminie.


CNT anarchist trade union poster. Madrid. 1936-38. The train advances towards the future crushing capitalism and fascism under its wheels. Beautiful artwork by artist signing as “Iturzaeta”.

Where to see and buy Spanish Civil War posters

  • Civil war posters: Rosa del Foc, Anarchist Bookshop, Joaquín Costa 34 Mon-Sat 4-9pm and Sat mornings
  • MNAC: The Catalan art museum in Montjüic has an interesting permanent exhibition on the SCW, including a wallful of original posters.