Sin título (escena dramática) [Without title; (dramatic scene)]

María Izquierdo, Mexican, 1902 - 1955



Transparent and opaque watercolor on paper

Sheet: 8 3/8 × 11 in. (21.3 × 27.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: Mexico, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, along lower edge of reddish-brown coffin near top edge, right of center: M. Izquierdo’38


María Izquierdo paints a pictorially compact yet emotionally intense scene by portraying three women in mourning. The women are both alone and together, collectively experiencing their own grief in the same church atrium. At the base of a tree, a nude woman drapes her body over a raised crypt, burying her face in her arms. Her nudity further dramatizes the emotions conveyed by her pose. The other two women are clothed, with one collapsed to her knees, hands clasped over her head in a posture that echoes the figure in José Clemente Orozco’s Afflicion (Grief), hung nearby. The third, standing woman holds a bundle of calla lilies, a symbol of the restored innocence and purity of the departed. Notice how we cannot see any of the women’s faces, yet we still recognize their intense grief.

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 109, Nothing Gold Can Stay, curated by Amy Zaretsky '23, Conroy Intern

Course History

HIST 87.01, Culture and Identity in Modern Mexico, Bryan Winston, Winter 2022

Latin American/Caribbean Studies 47.01/History 83.01, 20th Century Latin America, Thamyris Almeida, Winter 2023

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 109, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Amy Zarestky, Class of 2023, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 29 October - 23 December 2022


Private collection, California, by descent to owner in 2016; Sotheby’s, New York, Latin America: Modern Art, May 24, 2016, lot 126; Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York; sold to present collection, 2019.

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