School of Art
Prints / PR2919
Etching in black on white wove paper
186 x 227 mm.
Purchase: George Amore, Stafford 2005
The Cagoulards were a fascist, anti-communist organisation in 1930s France. They received arms from Mussolini and Hitler and carried out numerous assassinations and provocations, like those at Clichy and the rue de Presbourg, where they blew up an employer’s association building in order to have militant workers accused of the crime
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Interior with a meeting of the French fascist organisation the Cagoulards; foreground, on the left, two seated men playing cards one of whom wears a hat the other with his hand placed on his forehead, in the centre, a black cat, on the right, two standing, young women (prostitutes?) one of whom (singing?) wears long gloves and a dress with a fur collar; middleground, on the left, a fireplace, in the centre, four seated, middle-aged men converse around a table beneath a gas lamp; background, raincoats, hats a reclining man reading and a standing figure in a doorway. Drawn with dense hatching and cross hatching