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The Moralistic Wolf

A work made of multicolor brush stencil on newsprint (pieced), laid down on tan korean lining paper.

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  • A work made of multicolor brush stencil on newsprint (pieced), laid down on tan korean lining paper.


July 19, 1943


Pavel Sokolov-Skalya
Born Strel’nia, 1899; died Moscow, 1961

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Pavel P. Sokolov-Skalia


The Moralistic Wolf


Russia (Artist's nationality:)

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Multicolor brush stencil on newsprint (pieced), laid down on tan Korean lining paper


Middle right: Air raids on cities contradict the laws of ethics. (Statement from the German Aviation General Quade) Middle to lower center: Let's recount a fable, harking the present. Once, near a small village An exceptionally ruthless wolf appeared: He did not feed on grass, But killed small lambs Or calves. Oh, he was so ferocious, That the people had no peace And savagely, during the mushroom and berry seasons He prayed on children. It is no surprise that this beastly wolf became so infamous: As if he was equal to a wild boar in strength and in character, And as if in his jaws were tusks, not fangs. The peasants panicked, And set a trap for the wolf. -Get him! Get him!-sounds a cry from all directions. Outpaced by the she-wolf and his cubs, The wolf began experiencing, as we say, drama: -The peasants have a sinister plan. Danger is eminent: if it's not a trap, Then it is a wolf pit... The peasants will come...will take you alive... What a shameful welcoming!.. They will beat you!.. Beat you to death!.. With his pitiful whimpering, the wolf Filled the entire forest, while flooding with tears: -And to think, some liar tried to convince me That men have ethics, morals! It is precisely ethics that they lack!


237.5 × 83 cm (93 9/16 × 32 11/16 in.)

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Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

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