"La risa del pueblo": Con su música a otra parte ("The Laughter of the People": Take Your Music Somewhere Else)

A work made of lithograph in black on pink wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on pink wove paper.

Date:

1939

Artist:

José Chávez Morado
Mexican, 1909-2002

About this artwork

This poster takes aim at the profascist press in Mexico, a favorite target of Taller de Gráfica Popular criticism during and after the Spanish Civil War (1936–39). The Taller feared that the struggle between General Francisco Franco’s fascist forces and the elected Spanish Republican government foreshadowed Mexico’s future, and the group sought to discredit the pro-Franco press in ruthless caricatures, in this case suggesting not only its support for fascism but that it was controlled by foreign interests. A portly gachupín, a derogatory term for Spanish-born immigrants to Latin America, blows a horn emblazoned with the names of pro-Franco newspapers. The horn’s bell ends in the braying head of the newspaper editor Miguel Ordorica, who is branded a fascist and whose mouth emits only falsehoods.

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Este cartel es un ataque en contra de la prensa profascista mexicana, la cual fuera uno de los principales blancos de las críticas del Taller de Gráfica Popular durante y después de la Guerra Civil Española (1936-39). El Taller temía que la lucha entre las fuerzas fascistas del general Franco y el gobierno constitucional de la República Española fuera un presagio del futuro de México. Por ello el grupo procuró desacreditar a la prensa profranquista a través de caricaturas despiadadas. En este caso se sugiere no sólo el apoyo de la prensa al fascismo sino también que ella se encontraba bajo el control de intereses extranjeros. En la imagen un gordo gachupín (el término despectivo para referirse a los inmigrantes españoles a América) toca un cuerno inscrito con los nombres de los periódicos profranquistas. El extremo del cuerno termina con la cabeza del editor Miguel Ordorica rebuznando. Tachado de fascista, por su boca sólo salen falsedades.

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Artist

José Chávez Morado

Title

"La risa del pueblo": Con su música a otra parte ("The Laughter of the People": Take Your Music Somewhere Else)

Origin

México

Date

1939

Medium

Lithograph in black on pink wove paper

Dimensions

675 x 438 mm

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1944.886

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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