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  • ICAA Record ID
    1094188
    AUTHOR
    Bayona Posada, Nicolás, 1899- 1963
    TITLE
    Como se hacen como se hace : una caricatura / Nicolás Bayona Posada
    IN
    Cromos (Bogotá, Colombia). --- Vol. 29, no. 714 (Jun. 7, 1930)
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Bayona Posada, Nicolás. "Como se hacen como se hace: Una caricatura." Cromos (Bogotá, Colombia), vol. 29, no. 714 (June 7, 1930).
Synopsis

Professor Nicolás Bayona Posada, who was also a journalist, interviews the caricaturist Ricardo Rendón, who states that “the essential element in a caricature is not the drawing; it is the model.” Rendón also says that to capture the spectacle of life, one should view it through a lens that distorts it a little. He describes a caricature as an “epigram” endowed with a “honey-coated” stinger that also possesses a powerful ability to make fun of its target. Rendón mentions a number of Spanish caricaturists that he admires, while Bayona Posada provides a brief but interesting description of the artist’s home: a small, dark apartment in a building in the city of Bogotá. 

Annotations

Professor Nicolás Bayona Posada (1899–1963), who was also a journalist, was one of the few people to have interviewed Ricardo Rendón (1894–1931), the noted Colombian caricaturist. Rendón, who showed an early interest in drawing and painting, led a bohemian, quiet, reserved life and then at the age of thirty-seven years old at the peak of his career, took his own life one day at the café La Gran Vía in Bogotá. To this day nobody knows why he would have made such a tragic decision.

 

Rendón came to Medellín in 1911, where he studied under Francisco Antonio Cano (1865–1935) and contributed literary articles and drawings to a number of publications. In 1918 he settled in Bogotá, where he worked as a caricaturist for several magazines and newspapers. He became a harsh critic of conservative governments and his drawings?executed with great economy of line and efficient composition?helped to stoke public opinion and expressed widely held opinions.  

Researcher
Santiago Londoño Vélez
Team
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Credit
Courtesy of Inversiones Cromos S.A - Revista Cromos, Bogotá, Colombia