A history of Mexican mural painting. [Translation from Spanish and from German by Marina Corby.

1st American ed.].. New York, Putnam [1969] .

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Subjects Mexico.
Mural painting and decoration -- Mexico.
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican.
Mural painting and decoration.
Description 517 pages illustrations (some color) 31 cm
Copyright Date [1969]
Notes Bibliographical references included in "Notes on the text" (p. [494]-500).
Summary From the Dust Jacket: Mural painting has always been the art form most characteristic of Mexico. From the prehistoric rock paintings of Sonora to the sophisticated mural art of Teotihuacan and the Maya city of Bonampak, the language of color was the means of communication of many Mexican civilizations, and writing existed only in the form of painted (or carved) hieroglyphs. As the author of this book shows in a fascinating analysis of Aztec oral literature, the Aztecs used the names of colors as synonyms for beauty and art, and their poetry is an iridescent reflection of the lost splendor of their mural paintings. This tradition was never entirely lost after the Spanish conquest. Even after European artistic conventions had displaced the early postconquest Indian religious painters, with their remarkable capacity for adapting native style to Christian subject matter, mural decoration remained a living part of Mexican popular and religious art. It survived on the walls of remote Indian churches and of humble pulque-shops until the gradual rise of national and revolutionary movements in the nineteenth century created a demand for a committed public art. The catalyst was the Revolution of 1910-17. Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and a host of other remarkable artists began, in the famous murals of the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, a pictorial narrative of the national story which has since been elaborated on the walls of public buildings throughout the country. The volume and variety of this mural painting, with its reflection of widely differing personalities and attitudes to Mexico's turbulent and triumphant history, have here been recorded on an epic scale. In his text, Dr. Antonia Rodriguez spans thousands of years of the history of a country which, through successive waves of invasion, exploitation and destruction, has maintained a thread of cultural identity. The plated in this book are the fullest pictorial record ever assembled of this seminal Mexican art form; and the twentieth-century paintings, which here receive the emphasis which is their due, testify to the vitality of an artistic tradition which has remained passionately committed to the cause of national self-expression.
Contents Part 1: Before The Conquest -- 1: Rock and cave painting -- 2: Language of colour -- 3: Teotihuacan: city of gods -- 4: Bonampak: the painted wall -- 5: Other pre-conquest murals -- 6: Mural paintings and books -- 7: Murals in miniature: polychrome vases -- 8: Meaning of ancient Mexican art -- Part 2: From Conquest To Revolution -- 1: Transition: the sixteenth century -- 2: Eclipse: the baroque -- 3: Revival: neoclassicism -- 4: Mural painting in popular art -- 5: Quest for a national artistic identity -- 6: Capitulation to the foreigner -- Part 3: Since The Revolution -- 1: Revolution, 1910-17 -- 2: Early attempts -- 3: Painters discover Mexico -- 4: Rivera: an apprenticeship -- 5: Rivera: the start of a long journey -- 6: Escuela Nacional Preparatoria -- 7: Mural painting comes into its own -- 8: Rivera: apotheosis of the worker -- 9: Rivera: a hymn to earth -- 10: Market and school -- 11: Rivera: the national epic -- 12: Rivera: painted encyclopedia -- 13: Orozco: Promethus -- 14: Siqueiros: flame of unrest -- 15: Tamayo: another kind of Mexican -- 16: New conditions, new art -- 17: Traditionalists and new men -- 18: Image of Mexico -- Notes on the text -- Glossary -- List of illustrations -- Index.
Geographic Area Mexico
Network Numbers (OCoLC)21245
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Rodríguez, Antonio, 1908-1993.
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