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In the wake of the revolution of Mexico s, artists played a fundamental role in the construction of a national identity centered on the people who work and have been hailed for their contributions to modern art. “Portray the proletariat” examines three aspects of this artistic heritage: the paths parallel collectives work and organized artists, relations between these groups and the stories of the States and Visual of the worker. Featuring forgotten works and neglected by the media, John Lear explores how artists and unions participated in a cycle of revolutionary transformation between 1908 and the Presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas (1934-1940). Lear shows how the artists of middle-class, radicalized by the revolution and the Communist Party, enriched the legacy of the prerevolutionary prints artisan Jose Guadalupe Posada by incorporating the nationalist elements of sustained and challenged the unions and the State, avant-garde and modernist. In 1940, the State has undermined the autonomy of radical artists and unions, while preserving the image of the two partners of the institutionalised revolution. This interdisciplinary epub and pdf book explores the sexual performances of workers; the interaction of the engravings, photographs and murals in journals, posters and on the walls. the role of trade union leaders; and the discursive effects of the Spanish civil war. It considers that very large los Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros, while featuring the lesser known artists and their management companies, including Saturnino Herrán, Leopoldo Méndez, Santos Batel and the League of the revolutionary writers artists (LEAR). The result is a new perspective on the art and politics of the revolution. »

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