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Partida de mus

Accession Number
1954/1.61

Title
Partida de mus

Artist(s)
José Ortega

Artist Nationality
Spanish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1952-1953

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
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
The woodblock print depicts a circle of men sitting on the ground in a huddle, filling the paper. Six figures are visible, primarily only by their heads. One figure's back is to the viewer. The print is signed (l.c.) "5 Pepe Ortega" in pencil.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
card games (activities)
groups
jails (institutions)
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
prisons (institutions)
seated

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