José Luis Cuevas (Mexican, 1934 – 2017)
DimensionsSheet : 4 ft. 4 in. x 35 in. (1.3 m x 88.9 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelThis print is one of six from a set called the Intolerance Suite, which in turn is based on a series of drawings that Cuevas circulated as an exhibition in the United States and Europe between 1984 and 1988. The Intolerance drawings and prints were loosely inspired by Gustav Henningsen’s 1980 book The Witches’ Advocate which revealed how elderly people, poor people and people with disabilities were often falsely accused and punished during the Spanish Inquisition. Cuevas extends that idea in his intolerance images to question contemporary society’s treatment of its weaker members. The jumbled composition, nervous lines and dark haze create a feeling of anxiety and oppression, as if the figures are trapped in a world they cannot escape.