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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Alberto Beltrán, Mexican, 1923–2002
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

Vida y drama de México: 20 años de vida del Taller de Gráfica Popular (Life and Drama of Mexico: 20 Years of the Taller de Gráfica Popular)

1957

Linocut

sheet: 69.9 × 47.6 cm (27 1/2 × 18 3/4 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
2010.175.13
In this well-known poster for an exhibition of twenty years of work produced at the Taller, the hands of a printmaker are shown creating an image on a linoleum block. The head seems to have come to life and to rise from the block. The image that would print (in reverse) appears at top left; at top right, an elegantly dressed calavera (skull or skeleton) raises a wine glass. The calavera evokes the work of José Guadalupe Posada, who revived the traditional Mexican practice of depicting figures as skeletons and who was regarded by the Taller artists as their artistic ancestor. The wine drinker and the young man with indigenous features, facing in opposite directions, can be seen to represent the past and the future of Mexico. The drawing by Beltrán, who joined the Taller in 1944, was recently acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

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.