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Archibald Ziegler (1903-1971):
Framed (ref: 4861)
Inscribed with title
Pencil on tracing paper, 14 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (36.8 x 15.5 cm.)
This is a study for Ziegler's An Allegory of Social Strife. The scene can be read as a polemical Allegory of the sacrifice of the working man as a victim of the ruling classes. It depicts the artist himself on the Cross. He is flanked on the left by pugnacious workerï¿½s leaders (a reference to Socialism?) and on the right men in formal attire representing the Establishment (a reference to Capitalism?). Brow-beaten workers, under attack, fill the background. A soldier stands guard to the Establishment figures, amongst which is a macabre, frockï¿½coated figure whose pose and dog-collar alludes possibly to the Church. A study for this right hand group is inscribed by the artist with the title 'Hell'. Dating to the second half of the late 1920's - a period of mass unemployment and social unrest lasting until well into the 1930s - it recalls images of the 1926 General Strike, which Ziegler would have himself lived through as a young art student. Ziegler's striking composition is likely to have influenced the later well known self portrait as Christ (Jesus The Jew, 1942) by Emanuel Levy.