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Maker(s):Rozanova, Ol'ga
Culture:Russian (1886-1918)
Title:Excerpt from a Newspaper Bulletin, from the portfolio 'War'
Date Made:1916
Materials:Linoleum cut printed in black on paper
Measurements:Sheet: 15 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.; 39.4 x 32.1 cm; Image: 14 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.; 37.1 x 26.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.56.10
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The text translates as “During the firing on peaceful citizens, those condemned to execution were forced to dig their own graves... (Excerpt from a newspaper bulletin)”

Rozanova must have been familiar with Cubist and Futurist collages in which snippets of newspapers render reality, stand for a specific situation, and play with materiality. In addition, in War the newspaper text conveys the character of a lubok. The Futurist artist Rozanova, unlike Goncharova, likely did not deliberately cite this traditional broadsheet format. Yet a contemporary viewer would have made the connection with this popular Russian medium.
BJ, 2014

abstract; cities; deaths; violence; wars; writing; text

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