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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Leopoldo Méndez, Mexican, 1902–1969
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

1º de mayo … Comité Nacional de la Confederación de Trabajadores de México (May 1 … National Committee of the Confederation of Mexican Workers)



sheet: 82.6 × 62.2 cm (32 1/2 × 24 1/2 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
For this May Day (International Workers’ Day) poster on behalf of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), Leopoldo Méndez modeled the girl and boy after his own children, Andrea and Pablo. Contrasting with the well-cared-for children are others lying or huddled on the sidewalk. The girl and boy appear to be on their way to school; the promotion of literacy was one of the goals championed by the Taller artists. The text reads: “To raise the level of life for the Mexican people is an urgent demand,” and “A united and strong CTM will help Miguel Alemán [president 1946–52] realize this patriotic task.”
Made in Mexico
20th century
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters

Deborah Caplow, Leopoldo Méndez: Revolutionary Art and the Mexican Print, 1st (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 2007), 195, fig. 7.5.

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

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