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The poet Carlos Pellicer writes about a pair of Diego Rivera’s important works: the mural in the Auditorium at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, and the frescoes in the courtyard at the Palacio de Educación Pública. Rather than describe the murals, Pellicer discusses the story they tell, explaining how Rivera depicts the country’s social classes and identifies those who have played a major role in its history in order to give the viewer a sense of national identity. In this article, Pellicer expresses his great admiration for Rivera and suggests that the murals provide a good overall picture of the history of Mexico.  


Carlos Pellicer (1897-1977), the poet and cultural commentator, provides this reading based on his knowledge and experience. It is important to note that the article refers to a tendency of “Mexicanization” in art that grew out of a new vision of history that ignored the colonial period and encouraged an original interpretation of the evolution of the country. This is what Pellicer perceives in these murals by Diego Rivera (1886-1957). The article is illustrated with the mural paintings that Pellicer describes. A couple of them, El Telar [The Loom] and El Capataz [The Foreman] have descriptive texts. 

María Fernanda Arochi : CURARE A. C.
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of the Estate of Carlos Pellicer, Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional