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A steam train guarded by soldiers sitting on the front during the Mexican Revolution, with peasants waving to them from a village. 1939
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 275 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.
'The subject of this print is the Mexican Revolution: a steam train carrying soldiers departs for the Front where they will join other forces engaged in revolutionary battles. Sitting on the front of the train are four soldiers wearing light-coloured suits, bullet belts and sombreros, and carrying rifles. Bullet belts, rifles and sombreros symbolize the Mexican Revolution and have also become associated with the cult of 'machismo'. Other soldiers travel in carts at the back of the train. As it moves away, women and children watch the train leave the village and wave goodbye. The thatched huts in the background and the long skirts and baskets of the women indicate that the train is leaving a rural village, a dismal reminder of the price of war when villages lose all their men and it becomes the sole responsibility of the women to do all the work.
The print was possibly inspired by documentary photographs of the Revolution taken by the Casasola photographic agency. Based in Mexico City, the Casasola family and other photojournalists working for them published their work in newspapers, illustrated magazines, history books and albums.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009/10 Oct-April, BM, Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints, cat 50
2010/11 Nov-Feb, Nottingham, Djanogly Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2011 June-Aug, Newcastle, Hatton Gallery, Revolution on Paper
2013 July-Sept, London, RA, 'Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940'
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