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El hombre bueno

Accession Number
1954/1.64

Title
El hombre bueno

Artist(s)
José Ortega

Artist Nationality
Spanish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1952-1953

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
7 1/8 in x 5 1/8 in (18.1 cm x 13.02 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This is one of a series of ten works created for a portfolio titled "El Terror" or "The Terror." In 1947, Ortega was sentenced to ten years in prison for his anti-Franco activism, though he only served five years. This portfolio was created just after he was released from prison and before he left for Paris, where he received a scholarship to take classes at l'Ecole Estionne and la Ecole de beaux arts. In the series of ten prints, his recent experiences were highlighted. 

Physical Description
This woodblock print depicts a man clasping his hands in a prayer like gesture. His gaze is directed downward and towards his left. In front of him is a table with a wine glass and a sheet of paper. The print is signed (l.c.) "8 Pepe Ortega" in pencil.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
bottle
farm
glass
jails (institutions)
man on horseback
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
prayers (documents)
prisons (institutions)
religion (discipline)
standing

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