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Desnudo Sentado (Bañista de Tehuantepac) [Seated Nude (Tehuantepec Bather)]

1931
20th century
57.7 cm x 40.2 cm (22 11/16 in. x 15 13/16 in.)

George Charles Miller (1894 - 1965) Printer
David Alfaro Siqueiros (Santa Rosalía (now Ciudad Camargo), Chihuahua, 1896 - 1974, Cuernavaca) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Thomas Cranfill, 1966; Transfer from the Harry Ransom Center, 1983
Accession Number: 1983.43

The nude figure sits holding her knees close to her chest, her rounded profile topped by a prominent hairdo suggesting a female body. Also known as “Bañista de Tehuantepec,” the image may represent a Tehuana woman carrying a load on her head. David Alfaro Siqueiros achieved a highly textured surface through strong crosshatching patterns drawn with a crayon over the lithographic stone, which he then scraped away with a pointed tool. The result is a tense balance between the sculptural quality of the bather and the tense vibrant markings on the flat surface of the stone. The print was most likely made while Siqueiros was in Taxco, banned from leaving the town as punishment for his political activities. Unable to paint murals, he favored easel paintings and prints, often depicting massive figures that seemed crammed into a confined a space.

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