The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 12, 2024

Shadows, No. 2

Shadows, No. 2

c. 1950
(Mexican, 1911–1986)
(Mexican, active 20th century)
(Mexican, 1937-)
29.7 x 15 cm (11 11/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
© Francisco Dosamantes
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • about 1950-1954
    Francisco Dosamantes [1911-1986], given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 14-August 2, 2020).
  • {{cite web|title=Shadows, No. 2|url=false|author=Francisco Dosamantes, José Sanchez, Taller de Gráfica Popular|year=c. 1950|access-date=12 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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