It’s a Sad Day when Nationalization is the Silver Lining

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  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:


    Where did you find the picture and do you know who made it? It reminds me a bit of Adélaide (Ade) Bethune’s work for the Catholic Worker but I don’t think it was by her and I can’t make out the name.

  2. Nate Oman says:

    I believe that it is an old soviet postage stamp from the socialist realism movement.

  3. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    Thanks Nate, I found it: It is by Helios Gómez (1905-1956), an artist of the Left (anarchist, communist, etc.). He lived quite an interesting life and was actually critical of (although clearly influenced by) socialist realism. A taste of that life:

    “In 1950, in the course of one of his long periods of imprisonment-between 1948 and 1954-at the pressing request of the chaplain of the Modelo prison in Barcelona, Bienvenido Lahoz, a priest of the Order of Mercy, Helios Gómez agreed to paint frescos consecrated to the Virgen de la Merced, the Virgin of Mercy, patron saint of Barcelona and of prisoners.”

    See: (There is an organization dedicated to his life and work: The Helios Gómez Cultural Association was legally set up on 20 July 1998 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)).