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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 green on paper
Measurements:Sheet: 15 9/16 x 5 in.; 39.5 x 12.6 cm; Image: 14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.; 37.0 x 25.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.56.11
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The text translates as “With horror he remembers those he saw crucified by the Germans, head down. (Excerpt from a newspaper bulletin)”

This print—and the newspaper article it cites—seems to refer to a report, written by the British politician James Bryce, on alleged German atrocities during the German invasion of Belgium in 1914. The subject also appears in Bellows’s war print, on view nearby.

A soldier is plunging a bayonet into his crucified victim, a scene that recalls Christ’s crucifixion. In this way, the image opens up a wider meaning.

BJ, 2014

abstract; deaths; military; text; violence; wars; writing

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