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Brick Makers, from "Mexican People" portfolio

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

Pablo O'Higgins, American, active in Mexico, (1904–1983)
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

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

"The brick-makers and their families live next to their kilns. Sometimes they even live within the kilns themselves. The entire family works together even the smallest child who helps to stack the bricks for drying. The process of making bricks is difficult and complicated and has been handed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. There are many brick kilns in the Valley of Mexico and in spite of the primitive methods used, these kilns have been able to supply very efficiently the needs of the new modern Mexico City which is undergoing a fever of construction."

"El ladrillero y su familia viven junto a su horno, y a veces hacen del horno su casa. Trabajan juntos, hasta el más pequeño niño, él cual amontona los ladrillos para se que sequen. El proceso es difícil y complicado, es proceso heredado durante años. Hay, en el valle de México, muchos ornos de ladrillos y a pesar del método primitivo de hacer los lodrillos, han podido abastecir eficientamente lo necesario para la nueva moderna ciudad de México, que esta pasando una fiebre de construcción."
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 16x20 : 4.1.80

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