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- Object: Woman and child, Tehuantepec
A child reaching up to a standing woman who holds a bowl of fruit on her head, and carries another bowl under her right arm. 1928
Wood-engraving on thin japanese paper
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 151 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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.
'Tehuantepec is a town in the state of Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Populated by Zapotec Indians, Tehuantepec is particularly well known for its matriarchal social system, setting it apart from mainstream Mexican culture which is predominantly patriarchal. The town and its people have been a constant source of inspiration to artists and writers enchanted by its exotic appeal. In particular, the landscape, customs, costumes and food have encouraged artists to return to Tehuantepec.
Underwood did not make any prints in Mexico and this print was made from a drawing when he returned to London. A girl stands on tiptoes to reach up to a woman, probably her mother. The mother wears a typical Zapotec dress with a frill border and simple embroidery on the bodice, and carries a bowl of fruit on her head and another beneath her arm. With its landscape of palm trees, Indians and fruit, the image exemplifies how foreign artists conceived of what they saw as the exotic aspects of Mexico.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009/10 Oct-April, BM, Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, cat 71
2010/11 Nov-Feb, Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2011 June-Aug, Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Revolution on Paper
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