Artist NameMarion Greenwood (Brooklyn, NY 1909 - 1970 Kingston, NY)
TitleMexican Workers: Early Preliminary Drawing for Mural, "The Industrialization of the Countryside," for Ground Floor Panel, Mercado Abelardo L. Rodríguez Civic Center, Mexico City
Date of Artwork1934
MediumBlack conte crayon on two joined sheets of Kraft paper
SizeGift of Mrs. Patricia Ashley, 1976.44.2, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. © Estate of Marion Greenwood

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Marion Greenwood drew this study in New York with thick sweeps of conte crayon for a mural at a new market in Mexico City. With its polemical imagery, the drawing belongs to the era of proletarian art of the early 1930s. Greenwood found uncensored artistic freedom in Mexico with this and earlier mural projects there. However, when she engaged first-hand with the project in Mexico City, she ultimately revised her mural design. Born in Brooklyn, Greenwood studied at the Art Students League and the Académie Colarossi, an art school formed in the late nineteenth century in Paris where women could attend by 1900.