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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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