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La Familia

Double Portrait of the Machi Family

Raúl Martínez (Cuban, 1927–1995)


Overall: 106 × 76 cm (41 3/4 × 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Acrylic on cardboard

Not On View

In this painting, based on a photograph he took of a friend and his family, Martinez places the mother at the center of the composition by creating a mirror image of the father and son. This work commemorates the adoption of Cuba’s Family Code on March 8, 1975 (which became International Women’s Day in Cuba), implemented to afford rights and protections to women in a patriarchal society.


Signed and dated, l.r.: Raul 75


1995, upon the death of the artist, by inheritance to Abelardo Estorino López (b. 1925 – d. 2013), Havana, Cuba; 2013, by inheritance to his sister, Zenaida Antonia Estorino López, Havana; December 2014, sold by Zenaida López to Arthur C. Holmberg, Cambridge, MA; 2019, gift of Arthur C. Holmberg to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 20, 2019)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Antonio F. Cao