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Cautivos / Carlos Orozco Romero

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What invisible force seems to hold these large animals in a small, circular pen? Beyond its confines, a hand shoots up in the air and a set of eyes peer from the dark edge, leaving us to draw our own conclusions about the meaning of this dream-like painting. Artist Carlos Orozco Romero was influenced by European Surrealists and often combined real elements with logic-defying fantasy.

¿Cuál fuerza invisible parece retener a estos animalotes en un pequeño corral circular? Más allá de sus confines, una mano brota del suelo y un par de ojos miran desde el borde oscuro, pidiéndonos formar nuestras propias conclusiones en cuanto al significado de este cuadro onírico. El artista Carlos Orozco Romero sintió la influencia de los surrealistas europeos, y frecuentemente mezclaba elementos realistas con una fantasía que desafía la lógica.

From the exhibition: Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning, August 29, 2019 - August 30, 2020.
Alison Rossi, Director of Learning and Commun

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Title(s): 
Cautivos; Captives
Creator(s): 
Carlos Orozco Romero
Culture: 
Mexican
Date: 
1940
Materials/Techniques: 
oil on board
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Credit Line: 
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Accession No: 
01.2008
Previous Number(s): 
0147.2008; 35172
Department: 
Signed, "C.O. Romero 1940" in lower right on recto.
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