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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Guillermo Monroy, Mexican, born 1924
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

Raíces (Roots)

1949

Lithograph

stone: 29.5 × 39.5 cm (11 5/8 × 15 9/16 in.)
sheet: 34.9 × 43.2 cm (13 3/4 × 17 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
2010.175.14
Some of the prints made at the Taller were simply aesthetic images rather than posters publicizing an event or promoting a cause, and in many cases these images were printed on fairly substantial paper, so the prints could be sold for profit. In this lithograph by Guillermo Monroy, who joined the Taller in 1948, the aerial roots of the chicle tree look like dried bones and thus hark back to the iconic calavera (skeleton) images of José Guadalupe Posada. They further evoke the roots of the indigenous Mexicans, whose culture stretched back centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Support for indigenous cultures was an important theme for the Taller artists.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Bibliography: 

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

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