Rafael Canogar is a prolific printmaker, and La Violencia is one of his most important graphic works. Printed at Tamarind Workshop in Los Angeles in 1969, La Violencia is a suite of eight emotionally-charged lithographs depicting the harsh realities of violent conflict.
The lithographs are printed primarily in dramatic black-and-white, except for the introductory lithograph, which is printed in red. The suite includes the untitled introduction, Descolorida Paz, Preciosa Guerra (Pale Peace, Beautiful War), Los Revolucionarios (The Revolutionaries), La Pelea (The Flight), Los Prisioneros (The Prisoners), El Herido (The Wounded One), El Muerto (The Dead One), and a colophon. The prints are housed in a cloth-covered portfolio with two leather and brass snap closures. The title is stamped in gold on the cover.
This stunning work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. This copy is number 13 of 20 impressions (plus trial and artist’s proofs). Each print is signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.