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- Object: Por eso los hacen pandos...por que los montan tiernitos (Those who ride around on each other … they’re just immature)
Women riding on the backs of men as if on horses in a landscape with a few houses. 1939
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Height: 320 millimetres
Width: 430 millimetres (image)
- 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.
'Anguiano made a series of prints illustrating Mexican sayings. The phrase 'those who ride around on each other ...are just immature' inscribed along the bottom here refers to life in the countryside, and especially to calves; by extension, it also refers to a lack of maturity. These two interpretations of the phrase partially explain the bizarre scene in the foreground, where naked women ride on men's backs, mimicking the behaviour of young animals.
The people in the print are caricatures, the women in particular resembling figures from the work of José Clemente Orozco; their pronounced make-up suggests that represent prostitutes. The image broadly suggests the absence of civilization, underscored by the barren landscape with only a tree trunk and a few houses in the distance. The faces of the figures are individualized, and may represent specific people: the figure in the centre resembles Diego Rivera and the man who carries him Emiliano Zapata.'
Mark Millington (email 18/01/10) has provided additional information.
It is indeed a popular saying (though not much used any more) and that its original meaning derived from ranching and raising calves. A literal translation: 'That’s why they make them (calves) bowlegged, because they mount them too young.' Applied to humans he says it means something like: 'Don’t rush things before their time or you’re going to spoil them'; or 'Defects/vices spring from forcing things on people before they’ve reach the maturity to deal with them'; or 'If you get them young enough, you’ll be able to mould them / exploit them at your will'. The last reading is perhps the one that applies best. Anguiano may be indulging in some social satire and saying that women get on men’s backs early on in life and just stay there riding them at will. In short, it’s women who are in charge and they give men a hard time.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009-10 Oct-Apr, BM, Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, cat 43.
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