David Alfaro Siqueiros

David Alfaro Siqueiros was a Mexican painter who lived a very exciting life from 1896-1974. David lived and served in the Mexican Revolution including as a protestor and as a soldier. David developed many strong political ideas from his experiences and was not shy about expressing them. Thus he was not only kicked out of Mexico, but he served time in jail as well.

This painting is called Echo of a Scream and was painted by David Alfaro Siqueiros  in 1937. Although I find the content of the painting almost disturbing I really like this painting. The painting is so sharp and clear and the emotion of the child so obvious the painting clearly and strongly portrays the pain and horror of war. The child is completely innocent and defenseless, but has been a victim of war. The child is wearing red which could symbolize blood loss or hurt. His position and body language also seem to be screaming for help. His arms look lifeless, but they are limp, so someone could easily pick the child up. Where as if his arms were folded or holding himself it could represent the child trying to comfort himself. With this idea I find hope in the painting. Through all of the horror the child has not lost hope in mankind, the child is still looking for love. I do not know if this is an idea Siqueiros intended, but my interpretation.

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About lbullen

I am a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studying Business Administration. This semester I am enrolled in Distance classes while I travel. I'm leaving for a month and a half to travel to Australia and Thailand! I'll also spend about a month visiting DC & NY. My philosophy in life at the moment is to make your dreams happen now while you have the chance.
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