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The Great Assassination Attempt

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1944

Artist:

Leopoldo Méndez
Mexican, 1902-1969

About this artwork

This unusual composition, which combines caricature, modernist elements, and portraiture, references a 1944 attempt to assassinate president Manuel Ávila Camacho, who is pictured alongside the revered early leaders Miguel Hidalgo and Benito Júarez. Méndez’s imagery blames the right-wing Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) for the attempt. The print’s political content led to its rejection for a juried print show, causing a scandal in the Mexican artistic community and an increase in Taller de Gráfica Popular membership.

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Esta composición es poco común en su combinación de lo caricaturesco con elementos modernistas y del género del retrato. Ella hace referencia a un atentado en contra de la vida del presidente Manuel Ávila Camacho en 1944, quien aparece aquí junto a los venerados precursores de la nación mexicana Miguel Hidalgo y Benito Juárez. La imagen de Méndez responsabiliza al derechista Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) por el atentado. El contenido político de este grabado fue razón para negarle a Méndez la participación en un concurso de grabados, lo cual terminó generando un escándalo en la comunidad artística mexicana e incrementando la membresía del Taller de Gráfica Popular.

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Artist

Leopoldo Méndez

Title

The Great Assassination Attempt

Origin

México

Date

1944

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

400 × 549 mm (image); 499 × 646 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

Obj: 159720

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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