Carlos Orozco Romero

Autorretrato, 1948

Oleo / tela
100 x 80 cm

In this self portrait, Orozco Romero's bulging, intense green eyes gaze directly out at the viewer. Rather than posing as the gentleman painter, intellectual or bohemian artist, the artist offers a straightforward rendition of himself at his easel, rendered in what was for Orozco Romero an unusually realist style, especially when compared to the hidden portrait in his Still Life of 1932 (Blaisten Collection). While foregoing the self-mockery of his Self Portrait of 1956 (private collection), he has still slightly exaggerated his features. His smallish head, poised above rather broad shoulders, his intense eyes, his rather attenuated arm and delicate hand suggest little effort to idealize his own appearance. Without pretense, he appears in a simple collarless shirt, bright and clean against the scumbled background. He is focused, his brush poised, ready to begin painting. This painting is a larger, more complete rendition of an ink on paper self portrait that Orozco Romero made for the art collector Marte R. Gómez in 1946, which was included in the exhibition "45 Autorretratos de pintores mexicanos," (1947). Though taken from a slightly different angle, there he appears similarly posed above a canvas. In style and mood, it is also related to another self portrait of 1945 in which he holds a painted bank from Tonalá, like the one that inspired the balloon in Dream. While the 1945 version suggests a more internal state of mind, here Orozco Romero shows himself as he was: one of Mexico's foremost easel painters.

Vide Adriana Zavala, Arte moderno de México. Colección Andrés Blaisten. Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2005.

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