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Portrait of William Spratling, Taxco, 1931


Gift of Miss Leona Prasse, 1957expand_more  P.12,846

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Of the major Mexican muralists, David Alfaro Siqueiros was perhaps the most militant. His idealism led to action inside and outside the studio: He organized miners, aided strikers and was sometimes jailed. His murals, meanwhile, had titles like "Death to the Invader" and "Burial of a Worker." In 1936 he founded the Experimental Workshop in Manhattan, where Jackson Pollock was a pupil. His portraits-arguably the best Mexico has ever produced-have astounding visual power and monumentality. Based on pre-Columbian Olmec heads, this rare example demonstrates what writer Rita Eder calls Siqueiros's "brutal expressionism."

Portrait of William Spratling, Taxco
Artist Life
1896 - 1974
Accession Number
Leona Prasse; given to MIA, 1957.
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