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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Adolfo Mexiac, Mexican, 1927–2019
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

El títere (The Puppet)

1955

Color linocut

image: 64.8 × 35.6 cm (25 1/2 × 14 in.)
framed: 73.03 × 57.47 × 3.81 cm (28 3/4 × 22 5/8 × 1 1/2 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
2015.14.9
In this work, Adolfo Mexiac used printmaking as a platform for social commentary, bitterly decrying the United States’ intervention in Guatemala. In 1954 U.S. forces led by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles hatched a plan to overthrow President Jacobo Árbenz (1951–54), whose left-leaning vision for land reform conflicted with American interests in expanding the United Fruit Company. In the poster, Dulles appears as a puppeteer beside Lady Liberty’s crown, gazing steadily into the distance as his marionette slaughters peasant laborers at work in the fields. The sign above him reads “Liberty Theater,” suggesting that any American action in the name of political progress is merely a farce.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

Purchased from the Taller de Gráfica by Aimée Brown Price and Monroe E. Price

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2015,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2015_updated%2012_16_15.pdf (accessed December 1, 2015).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.