Peasants of Tlahuac
Series TitleMexican People
Arturo Garcia Bustos (Mexican, August 8 1926 – April 7 2017)
DimensionsSheet : 15 x 17 5/8 in. (38.1 x 44.77 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelArturo Garcia Bustos was an important muralist painter and printmaker who rose to prominence in the 1940s after studying with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Garcia Bustos was only twenty years old when he created this image of farmers loading vegetables into boats on a lake in Tlahuac, a borough in the far south of the Federal District of Mexico City. Prior to the Spanish conquest, much of the area that is now Mexico City consisted of lakes and wetlands. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was built on an island in Lake Texcoco and was supplied with food from farms on other nearby islands and in the surrounding countryside. Over the past four centuries, most of the lakes and wetlands around Mexico City have disappeared and today only vestiges of the pre-Colonial landscape survive.