Pelea de Gallos (Cockfight) by Leopoldo Mendez

Pelea de Gallos (Cockfight) by Leopoldo Mendez

Pelea de Gallos (Cockfight)

Leopoldo Mendez

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Title

Pelea de Gallos (Cockfight)

 
Artist
Year
1949  
Technique
linocut 
Image Size
12 x 16 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
dated 1949 beneath signature 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
24128 
Price
$500.00 
Description

"Cockfight" is the eighth of ten dramatic linocuts that appear monumentally reproduced in the first sequence of the film "Pueblerina" (1948). This represents the second time Mendez collaborated with the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

In the film Aurelio returns to his town after serving a sentence for avenging the rape of his beloved Paloma at the hands of Julio González. Upon arrival, he finds out that his mother has died and that Paloma lives in exile from the town with her son, the result of her rape. Aurelio wants to marry Paloma and forget the past, but the evil Julio and his brother Ramiro are not willing to leave them alone. The Chiquita song, the main theme of the film, was performed by the Trío Calavera, authored by Nicolás Pérez Leyva.

In his image, Mendez synthesizes two of the three confrontations between Julio Gonzalez (in black) and Aurelio (in white): a cockfight and an esquestrian race, alluded to by the boards and machetes arranged in the background and which serve as markers in the competition between the two horsemen.

 

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