“Echo of a Scream” David Alfaro Siqueiros 1937
After joining a series of political activist groups by the age of fifteen David Siqueiros had become well known for his not only his work but his political stance as well. During the Revolution Siqueiros served four years in combat and became captain. In 1931 he was put in jail and left to die. During this time he completed over one hundred pieces and was let go because of the work he was becoming recognized for. “Echo of a Scream” was inspired by the four years he served in combat and the pain and suffering he not only went through but witnessed. He used a baby to show the innocence of the victims that suffered in the war. The destruction surrounding the baby as well as its cry tell the story of inevitable pain and damage. Siqueiros did a great job conveying this message with his use of context clues and lack of color for dramatic purposes. I chose this painting because of its story. I like that he took his own experience and turned in into something that even the government could not stop. He was able to take his own stand using his work to stand up for what he believed in.