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Waving the Word While Wielding the Whip
The letter Х 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 Х from The Anti-Religious Alphabet
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2001.20.20
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Location: Not currently on view
Portfolio: 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.

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