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Apocalypse '42

1942 Viktor Schreckengost Born: Sebring, Ohio 1906 Died: Tallahassee, Florida 2008 terracotta and glaze with engobe 15 3/8 x 20 3/8 x 8 1/8 in. (39.1 x 51.8 x 20.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1985.92.1 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 203


Luce Center Quote

"I've always felt that you can say more with one vivid cartoon than you can with a lot of heavy words." Artist's statement

Luce Center Label

Viktor Schreckengost created Apocalypse '42 a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This image of a frightened horse bearing Hitler, Mussolini, Hirohito, and a figure of Death across the globe was made to protest the rise of fascism. The drips of bloodred glaze around the horse's head and hooves were an unintentional effect of the firing process.

Keywords

Allegory - civic - fascism

Allegory - death

Portrait male - Hitler, Adolf - caricature

Portrait male - Mussolini - caricature

Portrait male - Tojo - caricature

Religion - New Testament - Last Judgment

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic

About Viktor Schreckengost

Born: Sebring, Ohio 1906 Died: Tallahassee, Florida 2008

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