Graphite, pen and black ink, and black and gray wash
Sheet: 34.9 x 19 cm (13 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)
© José Clemente Orozco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico
Gift of Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride 1943.538
Orozco later created prints from some of the drawings in the series to which this sheet belongs, but retitled them with more marketable Mexico in Revolution.
This drawing belongs to Horrors of the Revolution, a series in which José Clemente Orozco depicted violence during Mexico’s ongoing political conflict. Taking a disillusioned view toward the uprising—by then in its fifth year—the artist wrote that he did not “trust revolutions or glorify them” after witnessing events such as the one portrayed in this work. A caravan of figures, drawn in a caricatural style with exaggerated features, carry bundles of goods presumably taken from someone less fortunate.
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