Cantinflas - Col. Jacques Gelman, Mexico, D. F.
Place Published: Mexico, D. F.
Publisher: Eugenio Fischgrund
Edition: A genuine Fischgrund art print
Book Id: 24719
29 cm x 22 cm print housed in an illustrated portfolio. The portfolio is in good condition only. It is soiled and rubbed, and has numerous light moisture stains. The largest stain is on the bottom right corner of the front cover, and measures 3 inches x 3 inches. There are numerous pieces of tape along the inside folds of the portfolio. The print is in very good condition. The bottom right corner is very subtly moisture stained. There are a couple of pieces of small tape along the edges of the print.
Fortino Mario Alfonso Moreno Reyes was born on August 12, 1911 in Mexico City. He was the son of a humble mailman and the sixth of twelve children. He lived in great poverty during his childhood. Better known as Cantinflas, he was a brilliant Mexican actor and comedian. The character of Cantinflas dressed as a poor man with pants that never stayed up, a well-worn t-shirt, a dirty rag on his shoulder and scraggy moustache. Through his interpretation he always tried to educate the public on achieving a healthy lifestyle and criticized the powerful and cheapskates in defense of the working class. This character stood for Mexico's national identity. The painters Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera used the figure of Cantinflas to represent Mexicans.