Los inditos [The Indigenous People]
33.1 cm x 22.9 cm (13 1/16 in. x 9 in.)
(Mexico City (?), 1904 – 1972, Mexico City (?))
Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support:
Woodcut on thin orange paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, University Purchase, 1966; Transfer from the Harry Ransom Center, 1982
Known primarily as an art historian, Justino Fernández was also a philosopher and an artist. As a young man, he was sent by his family to the United States to avoid the dangers of the Mexican Revolution. When Fernández returned home to Mexico City in the early 1920s, the emergence of Mexican muralism greatly influenced his work.
In this work, part of a series of expressive woodcuts printed on paper in different colors, Fernández shows how on all sides of the revolution, whole families became involved in the conflict. In “Los inditos,” the soldier dons the wide sombrero favored by the revolutionary followers of Zapata and the mother uses her shawl to carry her baby.