Jose Chavez Morado, Escuela rural (Country School), 1936
Because I make relief prints, I was very happy to see original prints by of some of the Mexican masters of the early 20th century, in a show about the Arte Moderno movement (Modernism) and Mexican Identity at the Chapultepec Castle. In this post I'm just going to share some of my favorite prints, by different artists using different styles.
Some of these images were made to encourage social programs, agriculture, the building of schools.
Alfredo Zalce, Cosecha de maiz (Corn Harvest), 1948
Adolfo Mexiac, Ejidos comunales (no date)
Alfredo Zalce, Jurado popular (Popular jury), 1945. Look at the confidence and expressiveness of Zalce's carving - he was amazing.
Others commemorated particular events or people.
Alfredo Zalce, Portrait of Venustiano Carranza (first president of the republic) (not dated)
But prints by enormously talented artists were also a major means of political commentary, and I must say they feel more direct and effective than a lot of what goes on today.
Alberto Beltran y Elizabeth Catlett, Detengamos la guerra (Stop the war),1951
Finally, this lithograph seemed particularly timely:
Jose Chavez Morado, La Nube de mentiras (The Cloud of Lies), 1940