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Magueys, Cactus, and Figures

José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, (November 23, 1883–September 7, 1949)

Creation date: 1929
Creation place: Mexico

Other Information

Type: Lithograph
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Latin American Arts Committee
Accession Number: 1972.182
Dimensions: 12 1/8 in. x 17 1/8 in. (30.8 cm x 43.5 cm)

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September 2006
Paper Traces
This lithograph depicts a theater of oppression-dwarfed, anonymous workers carry their heavy loads and negotiate the severe and menacing geometry of the desert. When José Clemente Orozco was residing in New York, much of his work dealt with the dehumanization of life in a mechanistic and urban environment. This piece conveys nostalgia for the dominance of nature over the man-made, even as it exaggerates the maguey cacti, or century plants, into organic towers rivaling any skyscraper in Manhattan.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Art of the Print San Diego Museum of Art , 10/26/1991 - 1/5/1992

Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Collection at SDMA San Diego Museum of Art , 9/23/2006 - 12/31/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 179


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