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Lumber Workers, from "Mexican People" portfolio

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Lumber Workers, from "Mexican People" portfolio

c. 1946
20th Century
17 1/2 x 15 in. (44.5 x 38.1 cm)

Alfredo Zalce, Mexican, (1908–2003)
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America, Mexico
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Accession Number: 13-G-3549J
See comment for 13-G-3549A

"The large logs of mahogany that arrive at Ciudad del Carmen are brought from the jungles of Chiapas. To transport them there, they are put into the river and towed to the sea, a trip that lasts several weeks. When they are near the beach, the ends are sawed off to make the logs all the same size. Then they are picked up by the boats that carry them to foreign countries such as the United States and Europe. This lithograph depicts the moment when the workers cut the ends of the logs. This work is very wearing because of the primitive conditions under which it must be done, standing in the sea up to the waist, under an exhausting tropical sun."

"A ciudad del Carmen llegan los grandes troncos de caoba, que son traidos de las selvas de Chiapas. Para transportarlos, se ponen en los ríos y son remolcados hasta el mar, viaje que dura algunas semanas. Cuando están cercade la playa son cortados de sus extremos hasta tener todos una misma medida. Entonces han cuedado listos para ser recogidas por barcos que los llevan al extrenjero—E.U. y Europa. La litografía representa el momento en que los trabajadores cortan los extremos del tronco, trabajo sumamente penoso, por las condiciones primitivas en que tiene que hacerse, sumidos en el mar hasta la cintura, y bajo um clima tropical extenuante."
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 16x20 : 4.1.80


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