Oil on canvas
Framed: 118.1 x 98.2 x 4.6 cm (46 1/2 x 38 11/16 x 1 13/16 in.); Unframed: 113 x 93 cm (44 1/2 x 36 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Straight 1954.864
© José Clemente Orozco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico
Orozco developed a personal style that he used to convey a need for social change. From political cartoons to frescoes, Orozco infused his beliefs into the content he created.
The central figure in a movement of revolutionary artists responding to political turmoil in Mexico during the 1920s, José Orozco believed that "a new art cannot take place in an old world." The artist's early experience as a maker of political prints taught him the power of bold, simple statements. Wounded Soldier clearly communicates the strength of Orozco's convictions. The dark palette sets an anguished tone and the aggressive brushwork conveys the soldier's pain and his comrades' anguish.
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