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  • ICAA Record ID
    749295
    TITLE
    El Nacionalismo y el movimiento pictórico / Rufino Tamayo
    IN
    Crisol : Revista de crítica (México, D. F., México). -- Vol. IX,  no. 53 (May. 1, 1933)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 275 - 281
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Tamayo, Rufino. "El Nacionalismo y el movimiento pictórico." Crisol: Revista de crítica (Mexico City), vol. IX, no.53 (May 1933): 275-281.
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Synopsis

Rufino Tamayo takes a radical approach questioning the spirit of nationalism in the visual arts, and suggests that artists should focus on more universal values in their work. In this critical piece he reminds us that, at that time, painting enjoyed a measure of “success with tourists” and, as a counterpoint, underscored the racial and ethnic origins of Mexican art.  

Annotations

Among the various controversies that erupted between the painters who embraced a form of pictorial nationalism and the group of intellectuals who were accused of being “art purists”—including those known as Los Contemporáneos [The Contemporary Group]—this article by Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) surreptitiously places him in the latter group. He makes an eloquent appeal for a universal approach in Mexican painting, pointing to France as an example. As early as 1926, Tamayo, who was born in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, realized that the cultural and artistic environment in Mexico was interfering with his development as an artist, so he set off on his first visit to New York where Tamayo immersed himself in its cosmopolitan life. Furthermore, Tamayo was criticized by several critics of that period, as were the murals he painted at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música [National Conservatory of Music].    

Researcher
Dafne Cruz Porchini
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Tamayo Heirs/México/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional. México D.F., México