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El Petrolio

1947
20th Century
6 3/8 x 8 in. (16.2 x 20.3 cm)

Elizabeth Catlett, American, naturalized Mexican, (1915–2012)
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America, Mexico
Medium and Support: Linocut, Signed and Dated
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels
Accession Number: 13-G-3556
Label from Elizabeth Catlett: Art for Social Justice, La Salle University Art Museum, March 11 - June 4, 2015:

A politically-conscious artist, Catlett produced numerous works that responded to contemporary issues. This linocut celebrated the nationalization of the petroleum industry that occurred in 1938. It is an intriguing landscape which portrays a petroleum plant with its tall towers and tanks resting in the palm of an upstretched human hand, framed by a radiating halo of bright light. The hand rises out of a giant map of Mexico, which dominates the lower half of the composition.
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 16x20 : 3.3.60

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