© Luis Cruz Azaceta. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Oppression
Date: 1984
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 59 1/2 × 65 1/2 in. (151.1 × 166.4 cm) frame: 60 1/2 × 66 1/2 in. (153.7 × 168.9 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1986
Object Number: 1986-32
About: An early participant in Neo-Expressionism, Luis Cruz Azaceta is influenced both by large scale Abstract Expressionism and the Latin American tradition of murals and protest art. Oppression illustrates the definition of the word by portraying a nude figure trapped from above by a boot and below by the harsh white lines of a railroad track. Protest artists often use severe images to identify social injustices in hopes of encouraging change.
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