Believing is Bad for you, Badder than Booze
The letter В from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
14 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.8 x 27 cm)
Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh
(Tomsk, Russia, 1890 - 1962, Moscow, USSR)
Full Title:The letter В from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
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]