"Victimas" is a drypoint created in 1935 by American printmaker, Mauricio Lasansky (1914-2012). It is pencil signed and dated and was printed by the artist on a sheet of heavy wove paper measuring 18-3/4 x 15-1/2". References are Thein/Lasansky 24 and Zigrosser 22.
"Victimas" resonates today. In a dungeon a woman clutches a twisted figure and another victim sits on the floor, his damaged arm taped to a primitive splint. They are constrained with metal chains while their "interrogator" grips his hammer. The decade of the 30s in Argentina was called the 'Década Infame' for its military coups, persecutions, and Juan Peron's rise to power.
Maurico Lasansky, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1914. He attended the Superior School of Fine Arts in 1933 and his first solo exhibition was held in 1935 at Fort General Roca. In 1936, Lasansky directed the Free Fine Arts School in Villa Maria, Cordoba. Francis Henry Taylor, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, met Lasansky in 1941 and arranged for him to travel to New York on a Guggenheim Fellowship. In New York, he worked at Atelier 17 expanding his printmaking prowess.
Hired by the University of Iowa in 1946, Lasansky renovated the university’s printmaking department, making Iowa a germinal school for printmaking, and he was made a full professor of art in 1948. In 1960, the Ford Foundation sponsored his retrospective and, in 1975, the University of Iowa honored him with a retrospective accompanied by a catalogue raisonné by John Thein and Phillip Lasansky. Alan Fern wrote: "[His] subject has remained the human being—his condition, his relationships, his society—but the great change has been in Lasansky’s command of the visual arts, and in his relationship to the work of other artists."
Lasansky received five Guggenheim Fellowships, six honorary doctoral degrees and numerous special honors. His work is held in the collections of virtually every major museum in the United States.