31.7 cm x 23.7 cm (12 1/2 in. x 9 5/16 in.)
(Mexico City, 1923 – 2002)
Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support:
Gift of Thomas Cranfill, 1972; Transfer from the Harry Ransom Center, 1982
Alberto Beltran grew up in a poor family in Mexico City; his artistic practices beginning at a very young age, drawing the life of the common people he observed around him. He studied printmaking at the Academia de San Carlos and later joined the socially oriented Taller de Gráfica Popular [People’s Graphic Workshop] at the invitation of Alfredo Zalca. Here, he shows workers crowed in the interior of a streetcar, an aging type of transport that had fallen into disrepair and would be replaced in the early 1950s by the more modern light rail. The title plays on a double meaning: the tired men whose arms hung from the upper handlebar, and those victimized by modern life.