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La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte und weitere Werke von Enrique Chagoya

La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte, 2003
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle

The prints by Enrique Chagoya are based on the 18th Century Mexican book of the same name, written by Joaquin Bolaños. La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte (The Astounding Life of Death) recounts the adventures of Death, from her start in the Garden of Eden, born from Adam's Sin (Death's father) and Eve's Guilt (Death's mother) to her dramatic destruction in Judgment Day. Muerte (Death) is a female noun in Spanish; this allows Bolaños to create a very peculiar female heroine.

Bolaños develops his character thoroughly, in a playful way, reflecting–and contributing to shaping–the ambiguous relationship that Mexican culture has with Death, marked by eroticism, morbid attraction, sadness, and joy. Bolaños's depiction of Death is irreverent, passionate, and adventurous.

The prints by Chagoya are a humorous and contemporary take from the original engravings by Francisco Agüera Bustamante.



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other works by Enrique Chagoya

Detention at the Border of lan..., 2019
22 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Thingly Thingness of Thing..., 2013
22.3 x 30 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Pastoral or Arcadian State..., 2006
23.8 x 39 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

La Portentosa de la Muerte II, 2008
17 x 14 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph

The Ghosts of Borderlandia, 2017
15 x 80 inch (h x w)
Color Lithograph with Chine Colle

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