Original signed & numbered limited edition color lithograph by the Mexican Master DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS (1896-1974)
The image is in excellent shape. Printed by Atelier Mourlot, in Paris, in 1968.
David Alfaro Siqueiros, born in Chihuahua, Mexico, one of the 20th Century's most influential muralists. Portrayed Mexico's rich history and contemporary economic problems in visually bold political terms.Marxism, influenced Siqueiros as evident by his treatment of the class struggle and his use of modern industrial equipment, such as the airbrush. Public murals, he believed, were a powerful and effective medium to make his work accessible to a broad audience traditionally ignored by art institutions.
After becoming Secretary of the Communist Party in 1928, he was frequently jailed or expelled from Mexico and nearly gave up painting. It was during one of these expulsions that he came to Los Angeles. His most productive artistic period began in 1944, when he returned to Mexico after an exile due to allegations of his role in Trotsky's assassination.
Mexican painter and muralist whose art reflected his Marxist political ideology. He was one of the three founders of the modern school of Mexican mural painting along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. A political activist since his youth, Siqueiros studied at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts, Mexico City, before leaving in 1913 to fight in the army of Venustiano Carranza during the Mexican Revolution. Later he continued his art studies in Europe. In 1922, after returning to Mexico, Siqueiros helped paint the frescoes on the walls of the National Preparatory School and also began organizing and leading unions of artists and workingmen. During the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), he commanded several brigades for the Republicans. Over four decades, his labor-union work and his communist political activities led to numerous jailing’s and periods of exile. He visited the United States, the Soviet Union, and many Latin American countries as a lecturer and guest artist. Most of Siqueiros's large murals are in government buildings in Mexico. Great dynamism and compositional movement, monumental size and vigor, sculptural treatment of forms, and a limited color range that is subordinated to dramatic effects of light and shadow distinguish his murals. Siqueiros and his followers produced thousands of square meters of vivid wall paintings in which numerous social, political, and industrial changes were portrayed from a left-wing perspective. He commonly used synthetic lacquer colors sprayed from paint guns in order to speed up the process of decorating large public buildings. He also did many easel paintings, the best-known of which is perhaps Echo of a Cry (1937).