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Fougeron viewed the chaotic political and social situation in the late 1930s from the perspective of a committed communist. The riders in this drawing are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, allegorical figures in the Book of Revelation who are traditionally interpreted as representing war, famine, plague and death. Here the skeletal men and slavering wild-eyed beasts almost certainly stand for the advance of Fascism across Europe. The drawing achieves a visionary quality through Fougeron’s extreme contrasts of black and white.

August 2005