The Last Trumpet

Boris Mikhallovich Artzybasheff, American (born Russia), 1899 - 1965

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1937

Wood engraving on wove paper

Edition 27/200

Image: 11 5/16 × 7 15/16 in. (28.7 × 20.1 cm)

Sheet: 14 3/4 × 11 1/4 in. (37.5 × 28.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Appleton 1792 Memorial Fund

PR.937.14

Printer

Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Publisher

The Woodcut Society, Kansas City, Missouri

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

20th century

Object Name

Print

Research Area

Print

On view

Inscriptions

Titled, in graphite, lower left margin: "The Last Trumpet" igned, in graphite, lower right margin: Boris Artzybasheff; inscribed, in graphite, lower left margin: "The Last Trumpet"; reverse, inscribed, in blue ink, lower left: Artzybasheff / The last trumpet / Woodcut / Bought from / Woodcut Society; reverse, stamped, in green ink, lower left: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE / DEPT. OF ART AND / ARCHAEOLOGY; reverse, stamped, in black ink, lower left: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE / LIBRARY

Label

An elongated, muscular angel tightly grasps the seventh trumpet named in the New Testament, marking the commencement of both a biblical and, in this work, a personal apocalypse. The Last Trumpet’s juxtaposition of streamlined modern structures and classical ruins alludes to the artist’s dissatisfaction with the ambitions of modernity. Artzybasheff employs simplified characteristics of the 1930s Art Deco style to reflect on the apocalypse’s upheaval as meteors rain down on the city, engulfing it in flames and plumes of smoke. The angel’s dominating stance, on the other hand, points to the individual’s capacity to shape world events and redirect history.

From the 2024 exhibition, A Space for Dialogue 116, Apocalypse When: reflections on our collective psyche, Molly Rouzie '24, Homma Family Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 116, Apocalypse When: reflections on our collective psyche, Molly Rouzie '24, Homma Family Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 6 - March 2, 2024

Provenance

The Woodcut Society, Kansas City, Missouri; sold to present collection, 1937.

Catalogue Raisonne

J. Czestochowski, In James Swann, Cedar Rapids, 1990, App. C, no. 12.

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