"It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary

  • Dimitri Petrov, "It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary, ca. 1951, paper, gouache, crayon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.237

Title
"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.
Artists
Date
ca. 1951
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Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 15 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. (38.5 x 31.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

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Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – arm
  • Figure male – full length
  • Allegory – quality – justice
  • Still life – weapon – sword
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
Object Number
1984.124.237
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