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Black Flag

by James Guy

Guy was a strong believer in the exclusive power of surrealism to communicate with the viewer on a profound enough level to convince them to take action. 

Black Flag, a compilation of several surreal scenes, weaves together heads exploding into foggy bubbles with a diplomat waving a pirate/swastika flag, along with other bizarre images. 

Guys’ carefully crafted symbols create a coherent piece condemning world war.

(Pohl 68)

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James Guy, Black Flag

James Guy, Black Flag, 1940.  Oil on masonite, 10 x 26 in.

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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