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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Alfredo Zalce, Mexican, 1908–2003
Publisher: El Taller Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Uruapan

Lic. Don Benito Juárez: Homenaje de la juventud mexicana (Lic. Don Benito Juárez: Homage of Mexican Youth)

by 1949

Linocut

image: 62.9 × 51.4 cm (24 3/4 × 20 1/4 in.)
sheet: 81.9 × 59.1 cm (32 1/4 × 23 1/4 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
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Benito Juárez (1806–1872), who had no formal education and spoke only Zapotec until he was twelve, was president of Mexico between 1858 and 1871, although his government was in exile during most of the so-called French Intervention. In 1862 the Mexicans defeated the invading French army at Puebla, a victory still celebrated on May 5 (in Spanish, Cinco de Mayo). Nonetheless, in 1864 the French installed Maximilian I as emperor of Mexico, and he reigned until his death by firing squad on June 19, 1867. Juárez resumed control of the country after the expulsion of the French. He is still revered as a champion of democracy and rights for indigenous peoples, and for having diminished the power of the Church and the army. This poster, an homage to Juárez from Mexican youth, was made in Uruapan, in the state of Michoacán, under the aegis of an entity promoting literacy.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters
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.