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, gouache, crayon, pastel, and paper on paper, 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.
Artist
Date
ca. 1951
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 15 1812 12 in. (38.531.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache, crayon, pastel, and paper on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – arm
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
  • Allegory – quality – fortitude
  • Still life – weapon – sword
Object Number
1984.124.237
Palette
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