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Méndez' images are most frequently political. Sometimes his message is very explicit, as in his many prints directed against Franco and Hitler, those praising the Mexican expropriation of foreign-owned oil fields, and later prints in support of the Cuban revolution (e.g., his portrait of Che Guevara). But many of his most powerful prints deal with more general topicsóthe oppression of peasants by landlords, the violence of the army, the heroism of Aztec emperor Cuahtemoc, various aspects of Mexico's 19th century struggle for freedom from Spain and its bloody 1910-20 Revolution.
firing squad
Fusilamiento ("Firing Squad"), 1950.
Used for the title credits of the 1950 film, Un Dia de Vida.

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25 March 99