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La Tierra
  • Jesús Alvarez Amaya
    born: Mexico City, Mexico ; died: Mexico City, Mexico ; active: Mexico
  • La Tierra, circa 1970
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 450 x 898 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 17 11/16 x 35 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 645 x 952 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 25 3/8 x 37 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 31 x 45 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0195

A plowed field stretches toward the horizon; the furrows are vertical from this perspective. A larger-than-life face is above the horizon line. The only parts of the face that are depicted are their eyes, eyebrows, and the top half of their nose. What appear to be larger-than-life hands frame the field on the left and right side of the image. The artist has inscribed text at the bottom: “Al Presidente Carlos Salinas de Gortari, porque avizora el porvenir de Mexico como lo soñó la mirada de Emiliano Zapata” (loosely translated as “To President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, because he envisions the future of Mexico as he dreamed the look of Emiliano Zapata”).