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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.

Date:

July 19, 1943

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pavel P. Sokolov-Skalia

Title

The Moralistic Wolf

Origin

Russia

Date

1943

Medium

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

Inscriptions

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 back...to 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!

Dimensions

2375 × 830 mm

Credit Line

Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

Reference Number

2010.171

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