Friday, July 31, 2015

45 Contemporary Mexican Artists: A Twentieth-century Renaissance

Stewart, Virginia, 45 Contemporary Mexican Artists: A Twentieth-century Renaissance, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1951.

Excerpt from the Introduction.

From the inner sleeve:
The most significant “art outburst of our time” came to Mexico in the wake of the political revolution. A fresh wind of revolt swept through the musty classrooms releasing Mexican art from the bondage of academic style and method, leaving behind a new freedom of expression, a new recognition of the unparalleled beauty of the land, the people, and their way of life. Out went the plaster models, the stylized techniques borrowed from France and Italy. In their stead grew the new concept: open air schools where students painted native scenes, native designs, native models.

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