Lot 375
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JOSÉ CLEMENTE OROZCO | Estudio para "Gandhi y el imperialismo inglés"

80,000 - 100,000 USD
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  • José Clemente Orozco
  • Estudio para "Gandhi y el imperialismo inglés"
  • Signed J.C. Orozco (lower right)
  • Gouache on paper
  • 22 3/4 by 17 3/4 in.
  • 58 by 45 cm
  • Executed in 1943.


Virginia Calderón Zugasti, Mexico City
Acquired from the above in 1967


Mexico City, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Homenaje a José Clemente Orozco, 1979, n.n.
Nagoya, Nagoya City Art Museum; Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art & Fukuoka, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Renacimiento en el Arte Mexicano: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, 1989, n.n.
Guadalajara, Instituto Cultural Cabañas & Mexico City, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, José Clemente Orozco: Pintura y verdad, 2010-11, no. 276, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Catalogue Note

This painting is part of the National Heritage of Mexico and cannot be permanently exported from the country. Accordingly, it is offered for sale in New York from the catalogue and will not be available in New York for inspection or delivery. The painting will be released to the purchaser in Mexico in compliance with all local requirements. Prospective buyers may contact Sotheby’s representatives in Mexico City and Monterrey for an appointment to view the work. "In his drawings, more than a man inspired, Orozco is an indefatigable student of human nature. His draftsmanship is a daily tool for solving formal equations. His straight line is barely modulated to deviate according to the path dictated by organic description. Usually he does not sharpen his instrument too much when dealing with a pencil; the Master draws directly and without hesitation, discovering shapes and archetypes and probing only while exploring still undefined solutions. And yet, while drawing, hidden forces inside him are so powerful sometimes that he may be taken for a primeval man in the cave of essential drives." 

—Roberto Rébora, "José Clemente Orozco," in  José Clemente Orozco: Pintura y verdad (exhibition catalogue), Guadalajara, 2010, p. 565