Ángel Zárraga

Paisaje de Bretaña, 1926

Oleo / tela
91.2 x 74 cm

Angel Zárraga did not return to Mexico until the 1940s, and in the meanwhile, in Paris, he was linked to the future of the artistic panorama. In the twenties, he participated in the unrest generalized by studying the great masters of the academy, such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, and perhaps due to his symbolic formation, he felt particularly attracted to the work of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, whose great mural decorations of imaginary archadia, fit it with the re-emergence of the classics. Zárraga, as Rivera eventually did, took obligatory expedition to Italy, for a re-encounter with Giotto and the primitives; in time this classicism of the avant-garde would be found in the paintings and his mural compositions which were projected for the Mexican legation in Paris.

Cf. Luis-Martín Lozano, "Los murales de Angel Zárraga en la Legación de México en París, 1928" (The murals of Angel Zárraga in the Mexican Legation in Paris, 1928) in the magazine, Memoria of the National Museum of Art, No. 4, Mexico, 1992.

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