Caballero with Women

Martín Ramírez, American (born Mexico), 1895 - 1963

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1953

Wax crayon, opaque watercolor, and collage of cut and torn papers (printed) on pieced paper

Sheet (irregular): 42 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches (108 x 85.1 cm)

© Estate of Martín Ramírez.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

* Gallery 123, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, first floor (Korman Gallery)

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. Bequest of Derrel DePasse, 2002

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Born in Mexico, Martín Ramírez worked for railway construction crews in California before being institutionalized for schizophrenia in 1930. He began drawing in 1948 while a patient at a mental hospital in Auburn, California, where he remained until his death. Over three hundred of his images have survived. As seen in this intricate composition, regimentation and repetitive patterning define the landscapes and imagined topographies. The traditional image of the horse and rider, as seen in Caballero with Women, provided sustained inspiration for Ramírez and was a frequent subject.

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