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This monograph about the artistic production by Ramón Alva de la Canal makes a general evaluation of his paintings. It starts with his didactic activities in cultural missions, his relationship with the Estridentista group, and above all his performance as a muralist, concerning the decoration of 26 interior murals of the Monument to Morelos on the island of Janitzio (Lake Pátzcuaro) in Michoacán.
Jorge Juan Crespo de la Serna, who was also an editorial writer for the newspaper of the post-revolutionary regime, describes, in general, the formal qualities of the work by the artist Ramón Alva de la Canal, who had completed his first mural, titled El desembarco de los españoles y la cruz plantada en nuevas tierras [The Landing of the Spaniards and the Planting of the Cross on the New Land] (1922) at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria. The article emphasizes the guidelines for public art supported by the Cárdenas regime (1934-1940) since—in addition to decorating the interior of the monument dedicated to Morelos in Janitzio, Michoacán (the state where president Lázaro Cárdenas was born)—Ramón de la Canal had actively participated in the cultural mission in the early 1920s, during the leadership of José Vasconcelos in the Ministry of Public Education. In some way, this mural by Ramón Alva de la Canal allows us to visualize the role of the visual arts in other states of the republic, such as Michoacán, where a particular local patronage existed, and where undoubtedly, following cultural directives from the administration in power, the practice of art was related to their missionary task.