Estampas de la Revolucion Mexicana
Taller de Grafica Popular. Estampas de la Revolucion Mexicana. 85 grabados de los artistas del Taller de Grafica Popular. Mexico: La Estampa Mexicana, 1947. First edition, hors commerce issue, limited to 50 copies, of which this in number XXXI, from a total limitation of 500. Folio (15.625 x 10.625 inches; 400 x 270 mm.). 84 linocut illustrations, printed recto only on thin, variously-colored sheets; captioned in the lower margin. 12 page catalog and index, saddle-stitched and laid in. Publisher's printed portfolio (with the 85th illustration on the cover and the letterpress limitation statement printed on the flap). Nearly fine prints in a good portfolio, cleanly spit on the front joint.
Jason: "Almost a decade after emerging from the dissolution of the Mexican Popular Front organization LEAR (Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios)—and only a few years removed from WWII—the collective of artists known as Taller de Grafica Popular (TGP) would here release a kind of iconography of the Mexican Revolution; designing an historical series of scenes-to-meditate-upon, for a People that now found itself threatened with renewed imperialist threats. (The Revolution was notably depicted here as a continuous one, with a number of the prints depicting anti-Nazi efforts). As was often the case, the TGP worked on this portfolio collaboratively, discussing ideas for individual compositions (of remarkably heterogeneous styles) and providing critiques in weekly sessions. Some of the 16 artists being: Leopoldo Méndez, Julius Heller, Fernando Castro Pacheco, Pablo O'Higgins, Luis Arenal, Francisco Mora, Isidro Ocampo, Mariana Yamplosky, Alberto Beltrán, Alfredo Zalce, and Ignacio Aguirre, with one of his designs being chosen as the over-sized cover image, printed across both front and rear panels of the portfolio." (#10159).