What Next? (Lame Man)
- What Next? (Lame Man)
A man with no legs seated on a bench with his head resting on his arm. 1939
- Height: 317 millimetres
- Width: 293 millimetres (image area)
Inscription ContentSigned and dated 39 in pencil, and numbered 21/25; signature and 39 also scratched on the stone
Text from 'Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960', Dawn Adès and Alison McClean, with the assistance of Laura Campbell, edited by Mark McDonald, BMP, 2009.
'A worker with no legs sits on a park bench, resting his head on his arm. During the time when this print was made artists rarely showed workers as individuals, but instead mainly as part of the generalized repressed mass of humanity. Ocampo focuses on a single figure and isolates him against a blank background in order to emphasize his desolation.
Ocampo based this print on a photograph published in 1936 in 'Frente a Frente', the magazine of the LEAR. The photograph, illustrating an article about war and peace, showed a worker with amputated legs. It is not clear to which conflict Ocampo's print refers, since it was made in the year that the Spanish Civil War ended and the Second World War began. The title 'What next?' questions how much more violence and destruction was to come. The print echoes the work of Spanish printmake, Francisco Goya (1746-1828), who would often use single figures to explore the theme of human suffering.'
American XXc Mounted Imp
2009/10 Oct-April, BM, Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, cat 61
2010/11 Nov-Feb, Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2011 June-Aug, Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2012 July-Sept, BM, Isolation (Camden School for Girls curated display)
29 June 2009
Hinges removed with a poultice of Culminal (non-ionic cellulose ether) and tweezers. Pressed locally. Object mounted into an Imperial overthrow of 3ply Heritage Conservation board and hinged in using Japanese paper adhered with Culminal.
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