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Propaganda

Artist:
Alfredo Zalce (Mexican, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán 1908–2003 Morelia)
Publisher:
Published by Taller de Gráfica Popular
Date:
1939
Medium:
Lithograph
Dimensions:
sheet: 21 5/8 x 15 7/16 in. (55 x 39.2 cm) image: 13 1/4 x 11 15/16 in. (33.7 x 30.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.46.483
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
In this bizarre scene of chaos, two planes fly overhead dropping leaflets while screaming mouths attached to contorted bodies run around on the ground. These figures embody the propaganda being spread by the planes and broadcast from the buildings in the background. At left, workers and soldiers laugh and point to the chaos that has been unleashed. Next to them is a pile of guns, some of which point backward, implying that despite their complacency, the workers too remain under threat.
Inscription: Signed by the artist in graphite bottom right: 'Alfredo Zalce'
Vendor: Jean Charlot (French, Paris 1898–1979 Honolulu, Hawaii)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.

Mark P. McDonald Revolution on Paper: Mexican Pints 1910-1960. London, 2009, cat. no. 66.



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