The Army of Don Jose Doroteo Francisco (Pancho) Villa.
36 by 48 inches Oil on canvas 2014
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no reservePancho Villa was a Mexican revolutionary leader who advocated for the poor and sought agrarian reform. Growing up, he witnessed and experienced the harshness of peasant life. Villa, only 16 years old in 1910, he joined a bandit gang and soon became their leader. The gang would steal cattle, seize hacienda land for distribution to peasants and soldiers. They robbed and commandeered trains, and, like other bandits printed fiat money to pay for their activities revolution. Villa was extremely successful, winning battle after battle during the next several years. Along the way he made many enemies including powerful men in his own ranks. He retired from revolutionary life in 1920 only to be assassinated in 1923. Jim Carson, August, 2014