Soledad Acostada (Solitude, Lying Down) from: The Mexican Masters Suite by Francisco Zuniga

Soledad Acostada (Solitude, Lying Down) from: The Mexican Masters Suite by Francisco Zuniga

Soledad Acostada (Solitude, Lying Down) from: The Mexican Masters Suite

Francisco Zuniga

Title

Soledad Acostada (Solitude, Lying Down) from: The Mexican Masters Suite

 
Artist
Year
1973  
Technique
4 color lithograph 
Image Size
22 x 30" image and paper 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
83 of 100  
Annotations
dated and editioned in pencil 
Reference
Zuniga 238; Brewster 6 
Paper
Arches 
State
published 
Publisher
Editions Press, San Francisco (chop, lower left) 
Inventory ID
DAFR101 
Price
$3,500.00 
Description

This is one of Zuniga's first color lithographs, produced at Editions Press in San Francisco while working with Master Printer Ernesto Desoto in 1973. This image was included in 'The Mexican Masters Suite' with 2 prints each by Zuniga, Tamayo, Siqueiros and Cuevas.

Zuniga captures the intimate moment when a figure lay with her back to a sunlit wall, head resting on her arm, dreaming. He provides no clues to his subject’s life path, asking the viewer to abandon any narrative they begin to construct; in this way, the image is simply a gentle, dignified window onto a moment of repose.

A master of portraying the human figure, Costa Rican/Mexican artist Zuniga often chose poses and forms that directly rejected Eurocentric ideals, opting to use the knowledge gathered in his study of European artists and techniques to redirect the focus onto the world that he most closely related to, that of the daily lives of everyday Indigenous Mexican peoples. Once of a source of scorn from institutions bent on upholding traditional Western art values, Zuniga’s work came to be recognized as revolutionary and masterful.