On the Road (or 'Rear Guard'): women carrying children and guns

Artist: José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, Ciudad Guzmán 1883–1949 Mexico City)

Date: 1929

Medium: Lithograph

Dimensions: Sheet: 15 3/8 × 21 5/8 in. (39 × 55 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1929

Accession Number: 29.63.4

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


One of the most influential Mexican muralists of his time, Orozco was also a remarkable draftsman, making hundreds of drawings for his mural projects and printed works. Although he executed only about fifty lithographs and etchings in total, these works ably reflect his unique aesthetic sensibility. His expressive compositions, like this one inspired by a vignette from his 1926 mural at the National Preparatory School in Mexico City, are characterized by their sharp lines, oblique angles, and expressive play of light and dark tones.