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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Pablo O’Higgins, American, 1904–1983
Artist: Alberto Beltrán, Mexican, 1923–2002
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

1er congreso de trabajadores petroleros latinoamericanos (1st Congress of Latin-American Oil Workers)



sheet: 95.3 × 69.9 cm (37 1/2 × 27 1/2 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
Using this work as a mouthpiece for laborers’ rights, Alberto Beltrán and Pablo O’Higgins paired the vivid green, white, and red of the Mexican flag with an image of triumphant, united workers to commemorate the nationalization of the oil industry in 1938 and to announce the First Congress of Latin American Oil Workers, held September 22–26, 1948, in the Mexican port city of Tampico. Funded by the Confederation of Latin American Workers and the Petroleum Workers Union of the Mexican Republic, the congress was one of several initiatives to usher in a new era of solidarity and labor rights.
Made in Mexico
20th century
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters

Purchased from the Taller de Gráfica by Aimée Brown Price and Monroe E. Price, ca. 1995-98


Helga Prignitz, El Taller de Gráfica Popular en México, 1937–1977 (Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1992), 318, no. 91.

Dawn Ades et al., Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, 1910–1960, ed. Mark McDonald, exh. cat. (Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 2009), 152, no. 82a.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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.