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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Clay: Apocalypse '42
Apocalypse '42

Apocalypse '42
Viktor Schreckengost
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
"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

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.

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