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Maker(s):Rozanova, Ol'ga
Culture:Russian (1886-1918)
Title:Destruction of the City, from the portfolio 'War'
Date Made:1916
Materials:Linoleum cut printed in black on paper
Measurements:Sheet: 16 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.; 41.0 x 31.8 cm; Image: 14 5/16 x 10 9/16 in.; 36.4 x 26.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.56.4
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The eye of the spectator might not immediately distinguish the cannons in this composition, for they seem to be part of the city organism—the unstoppable, fateful pagan force of a rebellious machine. The image conveys a battle of machines, which led to the First World War’s cruelty. Yet instead of actual contemporary weapons, which she possibly had not seen, Rozanova depicts traditional cannons, which in most people’s minds still dominated the concept of war. Her war-torn city becomes an iron mousetrap for its human inhabitants.
BJ, 2014

abstract; architecture; cities; military; urban; violence; wars

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