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The Strikes of June 1936 is a preparatory sketch for a larger painting. It takes as its subject the general strikes that helped the left-wing alliance, known as the Popular Front, to win the French elections in the summer of 1936. As a committed Communist, Taslitzky was supportive of the government, and the overall effect is festive, reflecting the success of proletarian power. The full-scale painting was destroyed when the Nazis ransacked Taslitzky's studio in occupied Paris.

August 2004