La Barba

Accession Number

La Barba

José Ortega

Artist Nationality
Spanish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1952-1953

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

5 1/8 in x 7 in (13.02 cm x 17.78 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 four men huddled in a circle in the foreground and another with his hands behind his head in the background. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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

3 Related Resources

Exiles of the Spanish Civil War
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Spanish Avant-Garde
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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