Latin American muralism Modern Art
Mexican IndependenceMexican Independence was sparked by political turmoil in Spain, the mother country. Mexican officials were receiving conflicting instructions on how to run the government. Some people revolted because they wanted self-government. 90% illiteracy and poverty rateOne of these revolts was led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. On September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores, he called out for independencia, a decree eventually known as Grito de Dolores, which called for the end of Spanish rule, equality between races and redistribution of land. This day is now celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.
Latin American Independence 1810- Mexico 1811- Paraguay 1818-Argentina 1821- Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica 1822- Ecuador1824- Peru & Brazil1825- Bolivia 1826- Chile1830- Uruguay
Revolution 1910-1920Porfirio Daz instituted most of the reforms set up by Juarez and started making Mexico the modern country it wanted to be. He used political allies, called cientficos, to advise him in this endeavor. They stressed the need for economic development and believed that anyone who got in the way was to be punished. Liberty was sacrificed for the realization of order and progress. Indians were still treated as second-class citizens, the European ideal of beauty and fashion was the standard, and a celebration or understanding of Mexican history or identity did not exist. Criticism came from the younger generations and those who did not benefit from economic success.Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Venustiano Carranza etc.
In 1920 General Alvaro Obregn organized a coup and took office as president. He began to implement the ideals set forth by the constitution, giving land to the landless and offering workers more rights, and established an environment of growth, Mexican identity and love for Mexicos unique heritage. From all the fighting, many artists, intellectuals, writers and students wanted to uphold ideals of equality and freedom. They wanted to celebrate Indian heritage and repress European ideals. Jos Vasconcelos- would become the new Secretary of Public Education and would administer the creation of murals.
Modern artFollowing the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government supported the development of a new school of art to break with the dominance of the European tradition. This new movement sought to create a real Mexican art that would strengthen and reaffirm Mexican identity and the values of the Revolution. The Mexican Muralist movement was born as a means to provide a visual narrative of the post-Revolutionary vision of Mexican history and was driven by the ideal that art should be by the public, for the public.
Main Influences and Ideas
Jos Guadalupe Posada + Dr. Atl +Saturnino HerrnItalian Renaissance frescos Murals are to publically advocate for changeDirected toward mass population who were illiterate Meant to promote pride and respect for culture- especially Mestizo and Indian culturesConvey information about Pre-Columbian heritage Teach about the Conquest and the Revolution
Jos Guadalupe Posada(1852-1913)Mexican popular engraverWould influence the muralists of Mexico by the way his figures tell stories Posadas prolific output of prints represented for Rivera the vitality of Mexicos rich traditions of popular art and the most penetrating views of Mexican social life in the years before the revolution.A political populist, championing the cause of justice and freedom.crafted an estimated 15,000 different images in woodcuts, type-metal engravings, and zinc relief etchings!Posada documented the world around him, ushering in the great age of Mexican printmaking. his subjects ranged from the local to the national to the supernatural Jos Guadalupe Posada. Calavera catrina. 1890s
Jos Guadalupe PosadaNewspapermen depicted as Bicycling Skeletons1890
Calaveras of the Masses1910Mexico City Some prints used skeletons to parody political leaders, social movements, and even the production of broadsides. These sheets, known as calaveras, drew on a long tradition of producing satirical caricatures for the Dia de los Muertos. The penny sheets were very popular, at a time of high illiteracy rates.
This broadside was produced after November 20, 1910, when Francisco Madero called for an armed insurrection against the Diaz regime.
Dr. Atl His birth name was Gerardo Murillo Cornado, his artist name is Nahuatl for water Professor and artist who promoted modern art, Indian art and the idea of a Mexican national art.The Mexican countryside became a central and significant theme in Mexican painting His work promoted an anti-academic and in Mexican terms, modernist art. signaled his admiration for Mexico's ancient cultureHaving been a prime instigator of the Mexican mural movement, Atl went on to become Mexico's leading advocate for landscape painting as an artistic endeavor of grand scope and universal meaning, and he dedicated his career to the intensive study of Mexico's volcanoesDr. Atl. Self-Portrait with Popocatpetl. 1928. Atl color (oil, wax, dry resin, and gasoline) on canvas
Dr. Atl had traveled extensively through Europe and was fascinated by the importance of murals of the Italian Renaissance (15th-16th century). He admired the work of Michelangelo and Leonardo for their spiritualism and spontaneous energy. He believed that this dimension was needed in order to create a Mexican modernism. Dr. Atl first began with the concept of using mural paintings in order to decorate which would inspire the future muralists to create politically infused murals.
Michelangelo. Sistine Chapel. 1512. Vatican City, Italy.
Saturnino HerrnThe Legend of the Volcanos1910. triptych. Oil on canvasDepiction of pre-Hispanic themes, in which the figure of the Indian stands as symbolic and allegorical representation of spiritual and moral virtues in the race
Saturnino HerrnLegend of the volcanoes might be considered the last major history painting of the 19th century Mexico, or the first great one of the 20th century. The painting fuses diverse genres, including allegory, history, and landscape. His subjects are not resurrected archaeological heroes denoting political morality, but contemporary symbols infused with universal themes dear to the modernsitas: passion, suffering and tragedy. Herrn portrayed an Aztec myth that explained the origin of the volcanoes in human rather than geological terms. In the painting, the lovers bodies literally become as green as ice. But Herrn reinterpreted the tragic story using race, rather than social class, as the barrier to union, in order to allude to an equally tragic national narrative.
Los Tres Grandes(The Three Great)David Alfaro SiqueirosDiego Rivera Jos Clemente Orozco.
Diego Rivera(1886-1957) Born in Guanajuato, MexicoProdigy artist- started drawing at the age of 3 and was formally admitted into the art academy at the age of 10 at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico CitySelf-proclaimed atheist and active communist His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City
Studied in Europe, specifically in Spain, Italy and France and produced many Modern works of art that were particular to the European style. (Cubism and Post-Impressionism) One of the most influential works to inspire Rivera were the Italian murals of the Renaissance. Vasconcelos convinces Rivera to come to Mexico and bring his knowledge of art back home and create murals for the Mexican government. Rivera is considered by many to be the father of Mexican muralism and the creator of Modern Mexican artRivera is best known for his depiction of the working class and of indigenous people Diego Rivera, Maternidad, Angelina y el nio Diego (Motherhood, Angelina and the Child Diego).1916. Oil on canvas. Cubism
Diego Rivera. The Great City of Tenochtitlan. Fresco. 1945. National Palace, Mexico City
Ministry of education murals. Frescos. 1924 Mexico city
The frescos show the traditional customs and festivals of the Indian peasant. These images focus on the Indian presenting them as the quintessence of the real Mexico. The Corn FestivalDay of the Dead
Diego Rivera 1924-7. Rivera Chapel. Autonomous University of Chapingo (UACh), Mexicothe biological and geological evolutionary cycles of the earth. The social and political revolution is therefore presented as the counterpart to the process of the natural evolution of the earth. the work divides into three parts. The left panel depicts mans struggle to have land the right panel shows the evolution of Mother Nature center shows the communion between man and earth. It is considered to be one of Riveras best works
To all those who fell and to the thousands who will yet fall in the fight for the land and to all those who make it fruitful by the labor of their hands. Earth manured with blood, bones and flesh! To commemorate all those who sacrificed themselves to it. This work is dedicated to them by all those who took part in it.
Left hand side: contains a series of fresco panels depicting the revolutionary transformation of the ownership of the land. Alliance of the Peasant and the Industrial Worker. The Blood of the Revolutionary Martyrs Fertilizing the Earth
Right hand side: side of the chapel and acting as athematic mirror to the images, Rivera presents the biological and geological evolutionary cycles of the earth. The social and political revolution is therefore presented as the counterpart to the process of the natural evolution of the earth. The Flowering Subterranean Forces
The Liberated Earth with th