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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Alfredo Zalce, Mexican, 1908–2003
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

La revolución y los estrategas (The Revolution and the Strategists)

1947

Linocut

platemark: 21.5 × 30 cm (8 7/16 × 11 13/16 in.)
sheet: 32.4 × 50.2 cm (12 3/4 × 19 3/4 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
2013.88.5
According to the text published by the Taller explaining this image, President Porfirio Díaz, who had ruled Mexico virtually as a dictator for more than three decades, in 1911, as the revolution was taking hold, managed to trick the revolutionaries about his military plans. Díaz (seated at right), accompanied by Victoriano Huerta (at far end of table) and others, laid out a false strategy on a map, using toy soldiers. The figure standing on the right may be meant to be the American ambassador Henry Lane Wilson, whose sympathies were against the revolution. According to the explanatory text, the revolutionaries were fooled and went to Ciudad Juárez, on the border with Texas, and thus Díaz managed to slip away to Europe, where he lived the remaining five years of his life.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

Purchased from the Taller de Gráfica by Aimée Brown Price and Monroe E. Price

Bibliography: 

Salvador Albiñana, ed., México ilustrado: Libros, revistas y carteles, 1920–1950, exh. cat. (Mexico City, Mexico: MuVIM, 2010), 68, ill.

“Acquisitions 2014,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2014_02.pdf (accessed December 1, 2014).

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.