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Maker(s):Goncharova, Natalia
Culture:Russian/French (1881-1962)
Title:The White Eagle, from the portfolio 'Mystical Images of War'
Date Made:1914
Measurements:Sheet: 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.; 30.8 x 24.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.17.5
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
In this lithograph, the double-headed white eagle, the heraldic symbol of Russia, fights the forces of West and East: with one beak, he dominates the black eagle—the symbolic image of militant Germany—while clasping a crescent moon in the other, a reference to Turkey or the Ottoman Empire. The expressive strokes with which Goncharova renders the animals’ bodies convey their fierce interaction. The dominating white eagle, with its white feathers radiating like light beams, indicates Russia’s unquestionable triumph.
BJ, 2014

birds; abstract; allegory

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