This L.A. Delivery Man Amassed One of the World’s Largest Collections of Chicano Art
Condition Report: Verso: mat burns from cardboard; stain at center. Recto: possible beveling of paper along left and right edges; mat burns around; pin holes and small tear center left; stain lower right. Matted, hinged and framed.
Signature: Signed in ink lower right
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Publisher: Published by Weyhe Gallery, New York, Printed by George Miller, New York.
Alongside Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco was one of the major muralists of the Mexican Revolution. In spite of losing his left hand and sight in one eye, Orozco persisted in his artistic career, though not without a biting sense of humor and critical eye. Like Rivera and Siqueiros, Orozco studied at the San Carlos Academy for Fine Arts in Mexico City, and painted everyday subjects in a realist style. He studied with Gerardo Murillo, a radical who encouraged his students to reject European influences and embrace Mexican traditions. Bolstered by this, Orozco became increasingly involved with social and political activism through his art. He made easel paintings and caricatures for a radical paper, but his public works would become his greatest legacy—grand murals throughout North America, depicting allegorical scenes of history, uprising, industry, and suffering.