Waving the Word While Wielding the Whip
The letter Х 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 Х from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
The Anti-Religious Alphabet
From a portfolio of 27 prints.
An important tenet of the anti-religious movement was the intertwined relationship between Christian beliefs and capitalism, a relationship that was dangerous to the freedom of the common man. In this image, a slave, perhaps from one of the African or Caribbean nations colonized by Europeans, is chained and whipped by the wealthy capitalist. A Franciscan friar, symbolizing the missionary preachers of the Catholic Church, displays a Bible opened to the words "love one another." Men bent over from the weight of their burdens are seen in the background.