The Departure of Quetzalcoatl

José Clemente Orozco, Mexican, 1883 - 1949


after 1934

Oil on canvas

Overall: 33 1/8 × 33 1/8 in. (84.1 × 84.1 cm)

Frame: 35 1/2 × 35 in. (90.2 × 88.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of William H. Koester, Class of 1942, and Richard E. Koester, Class of 1943

Art © Estate of Jose Clemente Orozco / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY



Place Made: Mexico, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Stretcher: center right: 33; stamped, center right, in black: DARTMOUTH COL / DEPT. OF ART / ARCHAEOLOGY; top right, in graphite: OROZCO MURAL; top left, in graphite: 200 [00 underscored]; top left, in white chalk: 319.1; Schneider & Co., Inc. / Artists Materials / 123 West 68th St.

Exhibition History

Art Sale for the Armed Services, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, (no. 7), May 6-June 16, 1942.

City Centennial Fund, Lamport House, 25 East 22nd Street, New York, New York, April 20-May 9, 1954. [shipped to Gallery Vivienne, Park Avenue, New York]

Hayes Hall, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 10, 1951.

Honoring Reunion Classes, Beaumont-May Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 3-19, 1977.

J. C. Orozco Memorial Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts and Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 3, 1952-Janaury 11, 1953 [the painting did not travel to Art Gallery of Toronto, Delaware Art Center, Detroit Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Art, Minneapolis Art Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art because of condition issues.]

The Dartmouth Collection: 19th & 20th Century Paintings, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 17-November 6, 1982.


The artist, date unknown; probably sold to Stephen Carlton Clark (1882-1960), date unknown; donated by Stephen Carlton Clark, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Modern Art (1939-1946) to the Garden Party and Auction for the Art Sale for the Armed Services, Museum of Modern Art, New York, (no. 7), June 16, 1942; purchased by William Herman Koester (1888-1964), Baltimore, Maryland, June 16,1942; given to his sons, William Herman Koester, Jr. (1919-2007), Class of 1942 and Richard E. Koester (1922-1998), Class of 1943 non-graduate (left Dartmouth to join the service in February 1942), 1942; given to present collection, November 1942.

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