On Whom the Nation Rests: Leopoldo Méndez’s Allegory of Suffering

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth I. Campbell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Nicole F. Scalissi

Abstract: 2023 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award Winner---Leopoldo Méndez addresses the prominent political and social issues impacting his nation in the years following the Mexican Revolution by positioning women as representatives of a nation’s grief. Through their portrayal, Méndez creates a moving allegory of Mexico’s suffering by highlighting the pain of those often unseen, but on whom the country depends. In this essay, I explore the way in which the artist illustrates the role of women, as well as the personal and political motivations behind his depictions. In so doing, I reveal how Méndez creates an emblem of hardship through his representation of women as both symbols of Mexican ideals and a personification of the nation itself.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Leopoldo Méndez, Fine-art Prints, Mexican Revolution, Women, Social Issues

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