Estado mayor de bufones

José Clemente Orozcoc.1946

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Latin American Art

  • Title: Estado mayor de bufones
  • Creator: José Clemente Orozco
  • Date Created: c.1946
  • Title translation: Buffoons' Chief of Staff
  • Physical Dimensions: w15 x h12 in
  • About the Work: Orozco is considered to be one of the most important 20th century muralists to work in fresco together with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Unlike Diego Rivera’s more hopeful artistic depiction, Orozco’s art presented a pessimistic, satirical perception of Mexican society. Orozco was deeply disappointed with the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution and its failure to significantly change the lives of Mexican people. He created powerful presentations of the contrast between societal ideals and their corruption. Following the caricaturesque style of his drawings and his poignant criticism in Joint Chiefs of Buffoons the artist presents the Mexican army as an uncoordinated group of clowns.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of the Ziperovich Family in honor of Dr. Robert Gumbiner
  • External Link: Museum of Latin American Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas laid on Masonite