Vista de Zaragoza

Accession Number

Vista de Zaragoza

Leopoldo Méndez

Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
linoleum cut on paper

12 1/4 in x 16 1/2 in (31.12 cm x 41.91 cm);22 in x 28 in (55.88 cm x 71.12 cm);19 13/16 in x 25 13/16 in (50.32 cm x 65.56 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Vista de Zaragoza depicts a view of the city of Zaragoza in Spain. In 1953 Méndez created several prints, including this one that relate to the life of the famous poet José Martí. Martí studied law at a university in Zaragoza and it is assumed that he is one of the men standing on the balcony looking out over the city. Méndez bathes Martí in sunshine and highlights architectural details with light. This style is consistent with his compulsive mark making and overall composition.

Méndez was highly invovled in social and political issues of Mexico as an artist. He believed that the value of art was found in its ability to create social change rather than its monetary value. Méndez was a founding member of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios and the Taller de Gráfrica Popular. He found inspiration in the artistic styles of Cubism, Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, German Expressionism, and Surrealism but he primarily identified as a realist artist.

Physical Description
In this print we see a view of a city from the rooftop. In the foreground, two men standing on a balcony stare out at a city. A tall belltower emerges from the middle and leans to the right. In the background are smaller buildings and clouds fill the sky.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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architecture (discipline)
cityscapes (representations)
modern and contemporary art

5 Related Resources

Arts of Mexico
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Social Justice
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Work by Indigenous Artists in UMMA's Collection
(Part of: Representation and Misrepresentation of Indigeneity in UMMA's Collection)

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