Gathering Up Kernels

Accession Number

Gathering Up Kernels

Francisco Dosamantes

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
linoleum cut on paper

22 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. (57.47 x 39.69 cm);32 1/16 x 26 1/16 in. (81.44 x 66.2 cm);25 13/16 x 19 3/4 in. (65.56 x 50.17 cm);22 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. (57.47 x 39.69 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Dosamantes was a Mexican graphic artist whose work expressed anti-fascist views and a commentary on the government. In 1932, he became an advocate for the rural farm laborers of Mexico after participating in mission work. The women in this print are emaciated and desperately reaching for a single kernels of corn, indicating the plight that farmers faced as did Millet in his "Gleaners." Dosamantes  was a founding artist of Taller de Gráfica Popular and the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana and, from 1934 to 1938, he was a member of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios.

Physical Description
In this print, four women in shawls and layers of cloth are positioned on their hands and knees or laying on the ground. All of them are reaching for a small seed, perhaps a kernal of corn. Their bodies span two jagged cracks that split the ground in a small clearing in a field.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
relief print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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corn (seed)
farmers (people in agriculture)
modern and contemporary art
political art
women (female humans)

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