José Clemente Orozco. Dive Bomber and Tank. 1940

José Clemente Orozco

Dive Bomber and Tank


Not on view
Fresco, six panels
Each 9' x 36" (275 x 91.4 cm), overall 9 x 18' (275 x 550 cm)
Commissioned through the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
© 2015 José Clemente Orozco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
José Clemente Orozco has 40 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

This work was commissioned by the Museum in 1940 for the landmark exhibition Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art. It was painted by Orozco over a period of ten days, often in front of the viewing public.This six-panel fresco (intended to be arranged in any order) depicts abstracted elements of mechanical warfare, including the tail and wings of a bomber, tanktreads, and chains—as well as a pair of upturned human legs. Ironically, though, Orozco insisted it had "no political significance." He stated, "I simply paint the life that is going on at the present—what we are and what the world is at this moment. That is what modern art is."

Gallery label from 2006

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