The Market


Series Title
Mexican People
Artist
Pablo O'Higgins (Mexican; American, 1904 – 1983)
Date
1946
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet : 14 x 17 in. (35.56 x 43.18 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2016.1.1.8

Label
Paul Higgins Stevenson was born into a conservative Presbyterian family in Salt Lake City, Utah. After becoming interested in Mexican history and culture while living on a family ranch near San Diego, California, Stevenson moved to Mexico in 1924, changed his name to Pablo O’Higgins, and quickly immersed himself in the left-wing artistic and political circles of Mexico City. He became a student of Diego Rivera and was hired to work on several major mural painting projects. He also developed his skills as a printmaker and became a founding member of the People’s Graphic Workshop in 1937. O’Higgins was blacklisted by the U.S. government during the 1950s for his affiliations with the Mexican Communist Party. He became a Mexican citizen in 1961 and was given a state funeral by the Mexican government upon his death in 1983. This print of a woman selling produce in a market reflects O’Higgins’s life-long interest in portraying the everyday life of Mexico’s working classes.

Object Type
Print