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The Lurid Lava of Loathsome Lies
The letter Л 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 Л from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2001.20.11
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Location: Not currently on view
Portfolio: The Anti-Religious Alphabet

From a portfolio of 27 prints.

The Soviet anti-religious movement was directed at all religions, including Judaism, Islam, Western Catholicism, and Russian Orthodox Christianity. The headdresses of the four figures spewing liquid from their mouths indicate that they are leaders within their particular faith: from left to right are a rabbi, an Orthodox priest, a mullah, and the Pope.

The protagonist of The Anti-Religious Alphabet, armed with his blackboard and umbrella, shows how the power of education can counter and protect against religious propaganda.

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