Dialogs and Proposals

Modern Mexican Painting

The last section of the exhibit is the one which best displays the definite personality of modern Mexican paintings to the observer, based in the fine work of David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo and Alfonso Michel. The nucleus is organized chronologically by artist , and shows how, through these pieces, the intense feelings and introspection of the themes are projected, making the connections with the theories of Futurism, Cubism, Surrealism and the metaphysics of Giorgio De Chirico evident; with a definite predilection for the figurative classicism of the 20s in oils like Las musas by Manuel Rodriguez Lozano and Bañistas by Celia Calderón, which parallel the neoclassic period of Pablo Picasso, to whom allusion is also made through the harlequins and jugglers of Federico Cantú and Raúl Anguiano. They are paintings which openly show the concern for universal esthetics without greater thematic or linguistic concessions than those of man in the restlessness of his existential condition. The section closes with a group of oils from the 50s and 60s which tries to unify the search evident in contemporary art questioning the validity of the supposed formal break found halfway through the XX century.