José Clemente Orozco: The Graphic Work
One of the most influential Mexican artists of his time, José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), was a muralist as well as a remarkable draftsman. Orozco, along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros formed the celebrated triumvirate of Mexican muralists. As the most dedicated printmaker of these three "giants," Orozco completed 30 lithographs and 17 etchings during his career. All 47 of Orozco's graphic works are exhibited - from the mural-inspired works of the late 1920s to the increasingly loose and expressive style from the mid-to-late 1930s. These images reveal Orozco's great compositional elegance, impeccable craftsmanship and a combination of clarity and simplicity of idea. In these graphic works, we see his expressive symbolism most strongly, as a biting critique of Spanish colonialism and an affirmation of man's fortitude, compassion and dignity.