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Artist: José Chávez Morado, Mexican, 1909–2002
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

50.000 cubiertos (50,000 Place Settings)

1939

Lithograph

sheet: 64 × 49 cm (25 3/16 × 19 5/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Holmes Pearson, B.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1941
1954.4.21
José Chávez Morado’s print pokes fun at the various right-wing politicians who struck allegiances with each other prior to the 1940 election. Depicting them as a pack of dogs drooling over a “sumptuous feast,” Chávez Morado mocks the men by modifying their last names. Pablo González becomes Pablo “the Bloodhound”; Mena Brito, Mena “Bruto”; and León Ossorio, “Meón Hosario” (roughly, “Bedwetter Crypt”). The verses on the right mix onomatopoeias, idioms, and insults in a witty nonsense poem about greed and corruption. Sometimes called Comelitón de políticos reaccionarios (Feeding-Trough of Reactionary Politicians), the poster makes clear that no real allegiance between these politicians exists—they are all after the same bone.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters
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