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AUCTION 22

 

Silkscreen Print—Limited to 45 Signed & Numbered Copies



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114.     CISNEROS, José. Transition of Govt in Texas from Spanish to Mex. N.p., n.d. [El Paso, ca. 1997]. Silkscreen print in black, green, red, gold, and cream on thick paper. Sheet size: 73.6 x 55.8 cm; image area: 48.5 x 38.6 cm. Small embossed crown vignette at center below image. A few faint fox marks and thin line of mat burn to lower right blank margin, very slight wear to edges, otherwise fine. Signed in print at lower right, “J. Cisneros—97.” A rare example of Cisneros’ work in the medium of silkscreen.

     Limited edition (#10 of 45 copies), signed and numbered in pencil below image. This scene, symbolizing the end of Spanish colonial rule in 1821, depicts a group of people in nineteenth-century costume gathered in front of a mission church with the flag of the Viceroyalty of New Spain flying in front. At the right is a Spanish military officer in his dress uniform reading from a sheet of paper with an emblem incorporating a cross at the upper left. A drum and bugle are on the ground at his feet. Facing him are a mounted vaquero waving his hat and a woman in a shawl, peasant blouse, and skirt with a comb in her hair, together holding up a Mexican tricolor flag. A woman in a black dress and white shirt, holding a basket, stands to the left with a small dog, and several men stand in the background, one waving his hand. Only the flag itself is in color, making for an unusually dramatic composition unique in Cisneros’ work.

     José Cisneros is known for his meticulously detailed pen and ink drawings of historical figures of the Spanish Borderlands. See Item 113 herein.

($2,000-4,000)

 

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