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Lo que no debe venir (That Which Must Not Come)
  • Leopoldo Méndez
    born: Mexico City, Mexico ; died: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Lo que no debe venir (That Which Must Not Come), 1945
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood engraving
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 300 x 172 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 11 3/4 x 6 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 358 x 252 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 1/8 x 9 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0140

Figure (identified as self-portrait of artist) resting on an open giant book of prints in foreground (print artist identified as José Guadalupe Posada); in middle ground: nopal cactus and crucified eagle with rattlesnake tied to the base of the cross, scythe blades transform the cross on which the eagle is crucified into a swastica; cityscape (identified as Mexico City) in the background.