Mexican Madonna
1957, Lithograph on paper

This lithograph depicts a woman holding a small child close to her bosom. I believe this was something I witnessed in San Miguel, Mexico in 1957. It is difficult to determine her age-lives could be changed by hardship rather than the passage of time. The woman is wearing a traditional wrapping called a reboso, with a solemn air about her. Women would sit together, talking, appearing very somber initially but becoming animated amongst each other and around the children. There was a strong presence of warmth and happy feeling, children eating candy and whole families congregating together. The passage of time was strongly evident in these scenes, old age and infancy co-mingling all at once.”