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Rebellion of the Colonial World, 1948 by Jesus Escobedo (1918-1956), Mexico

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Rebellion of the Colonial World, 1948
by Jesus Escobedo (1918-1956), Mexico
Woodblock 
19" x 23" framed
acid free mating, contemporary black wood frame
mint condition, signed in pencil on lower right

One of ten prints created by the Taller de Grafica Popular for The Confederación de los Trabajadores de América Latina (C.T.A.L) portfolio in 1948. The C.T.A.L. was a continental trade union federation for Latin America in the mid-20th century.

Prologue for the Portfolio:
"The Third General Congress of the Latin American Federation of Labor takes place during the very same year which marks the 10th anniversary of our organization (Taller de Grafica Popular). The first ten years of C. T. A. L. include the most important and the most dramatic period in the struggle of the proletariat of Latin America. The officers of the Federation wish to commemorate this anniversary with the publication of a portfolio containing ten engravings which are symbolic of the role and significance, both past and present, of the C. T. A. L in the historic struggle toward progress and independence. Because of the quality of its work, and the close identification of its members with the cause of freedom, the Taller de Gráfica Popular, a collective of artists, is exemplary not only in Mexico but in the whole world; this meaningful contribution has been made possible with its generous cooperation.” - Mexico, March 1948.

Jesús Escobedo Trejo (June 24, 1918 – October 13, 1978) was a Mexican artist specializing in drawing, print making and illustration. He was one of the founding members of the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana.

Escobedo was born in El Oro, Mexico, moving to Mexico City to study at the Escuela de Pintura al Aire Libre under Gabriel Fernández Ledesma and at the Academy of San Carlos under Francisco Díaz de León. Escobedo was a politically motivated artist, belonging to the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionaries and the Taller de Gráfica Popular. 

One of his most important exhibitions was in 1938, when he was part of a collective exhibition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, organized by the Comité Nacional Femenino Pro-Pago de la Deuda Petrolera. In 1945, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to create eight lithographs about the city of New York. 

The majority of his work was as a book illustrator, working for the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico, as well as working with several publishers in the United States. His most important work in the US was the illustration of the book “Lecturas Hispanoamericanas” in 1946. 

Escobedo died at the age of 60 in Iztapalapa, Mexico City