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Baile En Tehauntepec
Baile En Tehauntepec




Dos Ninos
Dos Ninos




Muchacho Mexicano
Muchacho Mexicano

Mexican Renaissance


Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco were known as Los Tres Grandes, the “Big Three” Mexican artists who revolutionized Mexican art.

In 1921, under President Alvaro Obregon (1920-24), the government decided that outdoor public art, as a visual medium, highly accessible to the public, could play an important role in bringing art to the masses. The Mexican government commissioned Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alvaro Siqueiros, and Rivera to paint a series of fresco cycles for public buildings. In general, their works reflected the government's nationalistic sentiments and initialized the artistic movement which became known as Mexican Mural Renaissance. It celebrated Mexican heritage from early Mesoamerica through the Revolution.

This mural movement did have predecessors. It can be linked to Jose Posada, “teacher” of Rivera, known for his socio-political calaveras (prints using skulls and skeletons).

Once word began to spread, painters from other countries began traveling to Mexico in order to study and work in the Mexican art movement. Some of the well-known artists involved in this great fresco revival were Isamu Noguchi, Pablo O’Higgins, and George Biddle.

In 1929, Rivera was appointed head of the Department of Plastic Crafts at the Ministry of Education, a position which he held until 1938. With the help of Jose Orozco and David Siqueiros, Rivera created the Labor Union of Technical Workers, Painters and Sculptors.

The three artists devoted themselves to painting large scale murals with the intention of putting art in the public domain. The artists wanted the victory of the Revolution to be told to the entire public and succeeded in their quest.

 

 

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