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What is this?

Image is dominated by a large eye looking toward the right with the words EXPOSICION 20 inscribed in black in the eye ball. The word LITOGRAFIAS is inscribed on the lower lid. At upper left the words Taller de / Grafica / Popular are shown in black. Across the lower section of the poster in black: GALERIA DE ARTE DE LA UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL. Below in red: DOLORES 11. - DEL 3 AL 13 DE MAYO.

Why is this in our collection?

El Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), active in Mexico City from 1937 to 1977, was a printmaking workshop founded by Leopoldo Méndez after the dissolution of the plastic arts section of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR). The artists affiliated with the TGP, such as Alfredo Zalce, Francisco Mora, and Pablo O’Higgins, created strong political images in reaction to the oppressive government of General Lázaro Cardenas in the 1930s. In addition to posters, the artists’ collective created pamphlets and magazine illustrations against fascism and in support of trade unions and the Communist Party. Under the direction of Méndez, the workers’ struggle was depicted in woodcut and linocut... more

This is a poster from Mexico. It is dated 1939 and we acquired it in 2000. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its medium is

lithograph on newsprint

Its dimensions are

45.1 x 59.7 cm (17 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. )

It is signed

On stone right center (by tear duct): F.2.A.

This object has been tagged:

This object was designed by Francisco Dosamantes and made for (as the client) Galeria de Arte de la Universidad Nacional

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and purchased from Roger Genser (The Prints and the Pauper)

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Poster, Exposicion Litografias (Exhibition of Lithographs), 1939 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=2 August 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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