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Believing is Bad for you, Badder than Booze
The letter В from The Anti-Religious Alphabet

1932
14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.8 x 27 cm)

Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh
Russian (Tomsk, Russia, 1890 - 1962, Moscow, USSR)

Full Title:The letter В from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2001.20.3
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Location: Not currently on view
Portfolio: The Anti-Religious Alphabet

From a portfolio of 27 prints.

Recognized as a capitalist by his top hat and monocle, the sneering man at the top of the image sprays three figures with liquid from a pressurized canister-- perhaps one similar to those used to ferment alcohol-- labeled "religion." The three figures beneath are engaged in stereotypical self-destructive and frenetic, seemingly drunken, activities related to their religious beliefs. The colorful man at the left is probably a Mongolian who pierces himself with knives; the old peasant woman bangs her head on the ground while praying; and the kulak, or wealthy landowner, flagellates himself with a whip.

[Gallery label text, 2004]

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