Song of Iron by Albert Abramovitz

Song of Iron by Albert Abramovitz

Song of Iron

Albert Abramovitz

Title

Song of Iron

 
Artist
Year
1933  
Technique
linoleum engraving 
Image Size
14 x 11 1/8" image 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
under 25 
Annotations
 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory wove with Rolland Parchment Made in Canada watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
MIST120 
Price
$450.00 
Description

Three blacksmiths work as a team to forge a sickle on an anvil. The man to the left secures the iron on the anvil while the middle figure gets ready to strike the blade. The third man, on the right, readies his hammer to strike when the other is finished.

The sickle was a symbol of solidarit between the peasantry and the working class during the Russian Revolution, becoming a symbol for the labor movement in 1917. It was adopted by communist movements, coupled with a hammer. The hammer and sickle still remains as a symbol, even after the fall of communism in the Soviet bloc in 1991.