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Jean Charlot's "Malinche" Print
1933

"Democratic art"
This print by Parisian-born artist Jean Charlot depicts Malinche, the young Native American woman who served as a guide and interpreter to the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, during his conquest of Mexico. "Malinche" was a promotional piece for Charlot's 1933 Picture Book, which was a landmark use of offset lithography for fine art prints. Working with a Los Angeles printer, Charlot chose the medium of offset lithography in full color in hopes of reaching a wide audience for what he considered his "democratic art."

Notes
Jean Charlot, born February 7, 1898, Paris, France; died March 20, 1979, Honolulu, HI
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Learn more!
· Jean Charlot
· History of American Prints
· Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
· The Jean Charlot Collection, University of Hawai'i Library

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