Christ Breaks the Musket

“Christ breaks the rifle” by Otto Pankok, 1950

“Otto Pankok was a German printmaker defamed by the Nazis as a ‘degenerate artist’ because his central theme was the sufferings of the oppressed. His work clearly reveals the influence of van Gogh, whom he revered. In 1950 he created the woodcut, “Christ breaks the rifle” which was later used by the German Christian peace movement leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.” —Michael Frost

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