Posada in His Workshop (Homage to Posada)

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

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  • A work made of linocut in black on cream wove paper.

Date:

1953

Artist:

Leopoldo Méndez
Mexican, 1902-1969

About this artwork

Leopoldo Méndez was a cofounder of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, its ostensible leader and premier printmaker. This large-scale linocut is a technical tour de force and one of the key works in his oeuvre. It depicts José Guadalupe Posada, the turn-of-the-century broadside illustrator, as an artisan-revolutionary and summarizes the critical example of Posada to the Taller as a creator of popular, socially conscious art. This idealized image shows Posada at work, burin in hand, preparing a plate through laborious hand engraving. He contemplates a scene of violence outside his window, representative of the abusive regime of dictator Porfirio Díaz. Waiting expectantly behind Posada are his printer and the Flores Magón brothers, two early Mexican revolutionary thinkers, one of whom holds a tract denouncing the practice of conscripted labor. Méndez inscribed his own birth date, 1902, in the calendar banner above Posada’s head, further underscoring the image’s construction of artistic and political lineages.

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Leopoldo Méndez fue cofundador del Taller de Gráfica Popular, su líder indiscutible y principal grabador. Este linograbado de gran formato es una hazaña técnica y una de las obras clave de Méndez. En él se muestra a José Guadalupe Posada, el ilustrador de hojas volantes del previo cambio de siglo, como artesano y revolucionario. La imagen resume la visión que tenía el Taller de Posada como ejemplo a seguir para la producción de un arte popular y socialmente consciente. Se trata de una imagen idealizada en la que Posada aparece con su buril preparando una lámina mediante el laborioso tallado manual, mientras observa por la ventana una escena de violencia a manos de la dictadura de Porfirio Díaz. Detrás de Posada, expectantes, se encuentran su cajista y los hermanos Flores Magón, dos importantes pensadores revolucionarios. Uno de ellos sostiene un documento que denuncia la práctica del trabajo forzado. Méndez incluyó el año de su nacimiento (1902) en el calendario detrás de Posada con lo que se subraya aún más la declaración de linajes artísticos y políticos de la imagen.

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Artist

Leopoldo Méndez

Title

Posada in His Workshop (Homage to Posada)

Origin

Mexico

Date

1953

Medium

Linocut in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

355 x 793 mm (image/block); 498 x 870 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Club fund

Reference Number

2014.581

Copyright

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

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