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Destruction of Culture (War)

A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper.

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

Date:

1939

Artist:

Francisco Dosamantes
Mexican, 1911-1986

About this artwork

This work expresses the Taller de Gráfica Popular’s solidarity with the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), a primary focus of the workshop’s antifascist production. Under the Cárdenas administration, Mexico was the only country apart from the Soviet Union to openly support the constitutionally elected Republican government against General Francisco Franco’s fascist forces, and the conflict became a political touchstone whose outcome both the Mexican left and right understood as critical to the country’s future.  Dosamantes’s exquisitely rendered and disturbing image underscores the costs of Axis aerial bombardments in both human and cultural terms. 

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Este trabajo expresa la solidaridad del Taller de Gráfica Popular con la causa republicana en la Guerra Civil española (1936-1939), un foco principal de la producción antifascista del taller.  Bajo el gobierno de Cárdenas, México fue el único país, además de la Unión Soviética, en apoyar abiertamente al gobierno constitucionalmente electo de la República en contra de las fuerzas fascistas dirigidas por el general Francisco Franco. Este conflicto se convirtió en piedra de toque tanto para la izquierda como para la derecha mexicanas, quienes entendieron que el resultado de la guerra podría ser crítico para el porvenir de su propio país. La imagen exquisitamente representada e inquietante de Dosamantes subraya los costos de los bombardeos aéreos del Eje tanto en términos humanos como culturales.

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Artist

Francisco Dosamantes

Title

Destruction of Culture (War)

Origin

México

Date

1939

Medium

Lithograph in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

485 x 395 mm (image); 650 x 502 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1944.742

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