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Baciu produces a panorama of the work by French painter Jean Charlot, from his early links to his country’s avant-garde and his integration into the first Mexican muralist movement, through to his relationships with the Estridentista movement and definitive settling in Hawaii years later.


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This text is interesting because it establishes the sequence of activities by the French avant-garde painter Jean Charlot (1897-1979), who was an integral part of the Mexicanist movement.  After his move to Mexico from France in 1921, Charlot joined the Muralist movement, and even worked on the first murals carried out the following year at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, together with Diego Rivera, Fernando Leal, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Ramón Alva de la Canal and Fermín Revueltas. Aside from his muralist contributions with pre-Hispanic influences (like the Maya), Charlot’s presence in Mexico was highly relevant, since he was the artist who built the popular image of José Guadalupe Posada, in addition to encouraging the creation of wood engravings.

Francisco Reyes Palma
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Archivo Francisco Reyes Palma