Functional Architecture

Shadows, No. 1

c. 1950
(Mexican, 1911–1986)
(Mexican, active 20th century)
(Mexican, 1937-)
Sheet: 29.7 x 15 cm (11 11/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
© Francisco Dosamantes
Edition: edition of 55
Impression: 29
Location: not on view
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Francisco Dosamantes offered the portfolio to which this print belongs as a gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art shortly after it was published in acknowledgement of the museum's growing collection of Mexican art.


These prints belong to a series in which Francisco Dosamantes juxtaposed Mexico’s rural, indigenous culture with its rapidly industrializing cities. Both artworks depict stark white silhouettes of working-class men against abandoned farmland, suggesting that such figures were being gradually phased out of modern society. Dosamantes intended the series as a political statement on the loss of Mexico’s native culture, as collectivity gave way to urban alienation.
Shadows, No. 1

Shadows, No. 1

c. 1950

Francisco Dosamantes, José Sanchez, Taller de Gráfica Popular

(Mexican, 1911–1986), (Mexican, active 20th century), (Mexican, 1937-)
Mexico, 20th century

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