Sheet: 32.2 x 31.8 cm (12 11/16 x 12 1/2 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride 1945.253
© José Clemente Orozco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico
The National Preparatory School murals were José Clemente Orozco's first major commission, shared with the artists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
José Clemente Orozco created this drawing as a study for his first mural, which Mexico’s minister of education commissioned as a series for the National Preparatory School, a prestigious secondary school in Mexico City. Over the course of two phases of work, between 1922 and 1926, Orozco covered the building’s stairways and corridors with allegorical and political subjects from Mexican history. This drawing is one of several in which the artist worked out a composition depicting the country’s earliest inhabitants.
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