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In this book, published in 1951, Virginia Stewart looks back at the 45 most representative artists of modern Mexican painting. Her list, created at the end of the golden era of the “Mexican School of Painting,” includes painters from the first generation of muralists and continues to the painters associated with the group of Contemporáneos, as well as a few independent ones, as well as representatives of the second generation of muralists. Stewart analyzes such artists as: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Roberto Montenegro, Francisco Goitia, Adolfo Best Maugard, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, Antonio Ruiz, Rufino Tamayo, Agustín Lazo, Julio Castellanos, Raúl Anguiano and José Chávez Morado.


Virginia Stewart’s book is important because of the analysis she carries out, in 1951, of the work of artists such as Diego Rivera (1886-1957), José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), and David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), among others. Stewart reproduces many of the Mexican-ist and romantic notions that stemmed from the discourse of the Mexican Artistic Renaissance in the 1920s. As time went by, analyses as such were endorsed by several North American art critics.

Alejandro Ugalde
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México