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Artist:
Domingo Ulloa, born Pomona, CA 1919-died El Centro, CA 1997  Search this
Medium:
oil on masonite
Dimensions:
36 × 49 in. (91.4 × 124.5 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1960
Gallery Label:
Domingo Ulloa painted this canvas after several visits to a Bracero camp in Holtville, California. The Bracero Program (1942-64) was a bi-national effort that brought Mexican guest workers, known as braceros, to fill in agricultural labor shortages caused by World War II. Ulloa's crowd of workers, who peer dejectedly through a barbed-wire fence, reinforce the mounting public protest against their poor living and working conditions. His composition recalls photographs of concentration camp inmates, which Ulloa--a World War II veteran--was familiar with. Ulloa later stated, "Most of my paintings are inspired by the common people in their work, in their joy, and their struggle."
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Ethnic\Mexican  Search this
Occupation\labor  Search this
Dress\accessory\hat  Search this
Architecture Exterior\detail\fence  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eugene Iredale and Julia Yoo
Object number:
2014.20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, South Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk740904349-fee9-4173-84e5-fe17d16b6d18
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2014.20