Jose Clemente Orozco (Mexico, 1883 - 1949) unframed portrait drawing in charcoal on paper. No authentication paperwork accompanying, however style and signature are consistent with the artist's known works. Measures 12" in height with width of 9-5/8". Signed to upper right "J Orozco". Provenance: from the estate of a prominent Texas collector, known to not only to have collected quite an amazing assortment of notable art, but to have befriended a vast majority of the artists of whose work was acquired.
Jose Clemente Orozco was born on November 23, 1883 in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico. Orozco's giant murals made him the most powerful of Mexico's Big Three, which included Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. Orozco's work caught the spirit of Mexico, bloodied and in ruins, emerging from many years of brutal class warfare. He was controversial, considered cold and unemotional, fascist, (he wore a swastika in his buttonhole and admired Hitler), hating anything religious. Yet his wife insisted he was a loving family man. One of his most famous murals was at Dartmouth College, a commission that he received at the recommendation of Nelson Rockefeller. He needed assistance to prepare the walls because he had lost his left hand in a childhood accident, but he did all the painting himself. He died in Mexico City on September 7, 1949.