Lo Feo de Este Mundo I (from "Homage to Quevedo") by Jose Luis Cuevas

Lo Feo de Este Mundo I (from Homage to Quevedo) by Jose Luis Cuevas

Lo Feo de Este Mundo I (from "Homage to Quevedo")

Jose Luis Cuevas

Title

Lo Feo de Este Mundo I (from "Homage to Quevedo")

 
Artist
Year
1969  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
22 1/2 x 30" image and paper size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
3 of 100  
Annotations
pencil signed and editioned; titled in reverse within image. 
Reference
Collectors Press 162 
Paper
antique-white Crisbrook Watermark, wove. 
State
published 
Publisher
Collectors Press, San Francisco (chop) 
Inventory ID
17556 
Price
SOLD
Description

“Lo Feo de Este Mundo I” translates to “The Ugly of This World”. Cuevas depicts the gates of hell where a “holy” man wearing a mitre, lounges with a list of names beneath his elbow, checking the peasants who stand before him, who are awaiting to find out their fate. In the background a figure is about to enter a dark space.

This image a one of 16 published in a portfolio titled “Homage to Quevedo”, published and printed in San Francisco by Collectors Press in 1969.

Spanish satirist Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645), who was born to nobility, has been labeled “Spain’s Jonathan Swift” for his critique of the established aristocracy’s grip on the common man. He was accused by King Philip IV, of placing a copy of his “Carta a Luis XIII” beneath the king’s napkin, leading to his arrest and imprisonment, which affected his health and ultimately ended his life.

Quevedo's poems “Suenos” (Dreams) are a Goya-like nightmare where people of every class and trade are castigated without mercy and are driven to their personal hells. Quevedo commented:

“Upon the whole matter, the policy of hell is admirable, where every man has his place, according to his condition."