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

El fascismo: 6a conferencia, El fascismo en Latino-América (Fascism: 6th Lecture, Fascism in Latin America)

1939

Color lithograph

sheet: 46.5 × 67.5 cm (18 5/16 × 26 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Holmes Pearson, B.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1941
1954.4.22
This striking image for the sixth lecture, “Fascism in Latin America,” shows a crocodile covered in swastikas with a wide-open mouth threatening to emasculate a statue symbolizing Mexican culture. The statue bears a six-pointed star on its chest, thus aligning Mexicans—and other Latin American indigenous peoples—with the Jews who were being increasingly persecuted by the Nazis in Europe.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters
Bibliography: 

Renata von Hanffstengel, Encuentros gráficos 1938-1948: artistas europeos en el Taller de Gráfica Popular = Begegnungen in der Grafik 1938-1948: europäische Künstler in der Grafiker-Werkstatt in Mexiko, 1st, exh. cat. (Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Interculturales Germano-Mexicanas, A.C., 1999), 43, ill.

Michael Ricker et al., El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte, exh. cat. (Athens, Ga.: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2015), 122, ill.

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