We are grateful to Prof. Irene Herner for her assistance cataloguing this work.
A trailblazing figure, Ruth Begun’s many accomplishments included being the first woman to earn a master’s degree in physics at the University of Berlin in 1936 and shortly thereafter inventing the viscometer—an innovative device used in printing. She later worked for NASA and Ford Motor Company. Begun acquired the present work directly from Siqueiros, whom she met in Mexico City through her sister-in-law, Dr. Henrietta Begun who was the artist’s physician.
I do not believe that man in the age of the airplane can have, with respect to landscape, the same lyricism, the same romanticism, as the men of ages when space had not yet been mastered. This need for a cosmic landscape is part of man’s new nature.
--David Alfaro Siqueiros, in an interview with Raquel Tibol, “Mexico en la Cultura,” Novedades, August 12, 1956.