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Spiders in a Jar

A work made of stencil.

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  • A work made of stencil.


August 12, 1942


Vladimir Lebedev
Born St. Petersburg, 1891; died Leningrad, 1967
Samuil Iakovlevich Marshak
Born Voronezh, 1887; died Moscow, 1964

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Vladimir V. Lebedev


Spiders in a Jar


Russia (Artist's nationality)

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Original 1942




Tensions in relations between Romania and Hungary have not eased as of yet, but rather escalated. Transylvania remains a bone of contention between Hungary and Romania. (From newspaper reports) Budapest stares at Bucharest In a very menacing way. It looks as if it’s hatching plans To gobble it up one day. But Budapest has been bought out By the German treasury, And it resists losing hope And caving in to the Romanians, Bucharest clearly wants To add to its territory By grabbing up in one fell swoop. The North of Transylvania. The Hungarian cabinet to Bucharest Sent a diplomatic protest. But very brazenly Budapest Was answered by Bucharest. Thus on the sly Two hungry spiders Argue and quarrel In Hitler’s jar.


231.5 × 92 cm (91 3/16 × 36 1/4 in.)

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Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries

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