Accession Number


José Ortega

Artist Nationality
Spanish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1952-1953

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

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 prison experiences were highlighted. 

Physical Description
This woodblock print depicts the face of a man in profile. He is wearing a low, flat hat and the left side of his face is visible. The print is numbered and signed (l.c.) "2 Pepe Ortega" in pencil.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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heads (animal components)
jails (institutions)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
prisons (institutions)

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