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"It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical. Justice without might is gainsaid, because there are always offenders; might without justice is condemned. We must then combine justice and might, and for this end make what is just strong, and what is strong just."--Blaise Pascal on might and right. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

ca. 1951 Dimitri Petrov Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1919 Died: Woodstock, New York 1986 gouache, crayon, pastel, and paper on paper sheet: 15 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (38.5 x 31.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.237 Not currently on view


Keywords

Allegory - quality - fortitude

Allegory - quality - justice

Figure male - full length

Figure - fragment - arm

Object - weapon - bow and arrow

Still life - weapon - sword

painting

crayon

crayon - pastel

paint - gouache

paper

paper - wove paper

About Dimitri Petrov

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1919 Died: Woodstock, New York 1986