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Artist: Luis Arenal, Mexican, 1909–1985
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

La decena trágica con Victoriano Huerta (The Ten Tragic Days with Victoriano Huerta)

1937

Lithograph

stone: 38.2 × 32.8 cm (15 1/16 × 12 15/16 in.)
sheet: 64.8 × 49.5 cm (25 1/2 × 19 1/2 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
2011.203.6
On the morning of February 9, 1913, cadets still loyal to exiled president Porfirio Díaz stormed the civilian penitentiary and Santiago Tlatelolco military prison, in Mexico City, demanding the release of Díaz’s nephew, Félix Díaz, and of former military general Bernardo Reyes. Their ensuing assault on Francisco Madero’s presidential residence, during which Reyes was fatally shot, resulted in ten days of fighting in the streets, culminating in Madero’s capture and assassination and Victoriano Huerta’s swift ascendancy to the Mexican presidency. Here, Luis Arenal conveyed the unremitting fear of those days, which left thousands of antigovernment protesters and civilians dead.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Bibliography: 

Hugo Covantes, El Grabado Mexicana en el Siglo XX, 1922–1981 (Mexico City: Orbe Impresora, 1982), ill.

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2012.pdf (accessed December 21, 2012).

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