Jeu de Massacre

Delightful propaganda by Fred Deltor (pseudonym of Federico Antonio Carasso), a portfolio of twelve hand-colored pochoir prints depicting the enemies of Socialism: "Jeu de Massacre" (Game of destruction), ca. 1928


I've wanted to feature this portfolio since seeing Brad Cornelius's flickr set a few years ago. While scouring the auction site Bassenge the other night I found a few nice scans, and then a few more at Librairie l'Arrondi. You can see the artist's sculptures in a Dutch-language article by Jaap Versteegh and in the Dutch wikipedia entry.

Bio from Bojiman's:

Fred Carasso (1899–1969), born Federico Antonio Carasso, fled his native Italy in 1922 to escape the emerging fascism. In subsequent years his politics forced him to move several times within Europe. Carasso’s drawings provided a vehicle for his critical view of society. Hypocrisy, social inequality and injustice are recurring themes. Sometimes his critiques have a humorous quality, others are more disturbing.
[He] spent his last thirty-five years in the Netherlands [achieving] recognition principally as a sculptor, [though] he was also a passionate draughtsman.
In the Netherlands Fred Carasso was best known for his monumental public sculptures, including the National Monument to the Merchant Navy, known as ‘The Prow’ (1957–1965), on the River Maas in Rotterdam.
Carasso’s drawings show the influence of various artistic movements including Dada, Surrealism, and Russian Constructivism. They display the remarkable ease with which Carasso combined a variety of techniques and methods: his oeuvre includes collages inspired by Pop art, brightly coloured gouaches and detailed ink drawings. The deployment of a wide range of styles and techniques allowed Carasso to depict the world in his own unique way.

The portfolio included a preface by Henri Barbusse.


"social democracy"

"police spies"


"l'esprit moyen" / "patriotism"