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  • ICAA Record ID
    755195
    TITLE
    Roberto Montenegro : el dibujante de los refinamientos / José Corral Rigand
    IN
    El Universal Ilustrado (México, D. F., México). -- No. 214 (Jun. 9, 1921)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [35], 42 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Corral Rigand, José. "Roberto Montenegro: el dibujante de los refinamientos." El Universal Ilustrado (Mexico City) 4, no.214 (June 1921): [35], 42.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

The intention of the writer, José Corral Rigand, was to create a written portrait of Roberto Montenegro. He visited Montenegro accompanied by Juan José Tablada (a poet) and Juan Sánchez Azora. Right beside the artist was his painting, Hembra melancólica, [Melancholy Woman],which was to be given to another Mexican poet and diplomat, Amado Nervo. In a later interview at the Palacio de Iturbide, Montenegro opened up more about his life: he chatted about his four years in the Islas Baleares (Mallorca) and his adventures in Paris. Now that he had set up his studio in Mexico, it was decorated with a Talavera ceramic vase, an antique chair and another chair in the colonial style. The portraits of his contemporaries set the tone there, including one of Julio Torri, the Marquis of San Francisco. The writer notes that Montenegro lived in Venice and was a student of the Catalan painter, Hermen Anglada Camarasa. Corral Rigand considers the artist’s portrait of Mexican politician Jenaro Estrada to be so precise as to be almost a caricature; he believes that because caricatures do not idealize their subjects, they are the closest to portraits.

Annotations

In spite of promising us a written portrait of the artist, what the writer provides instead is information about where the artist has been and what portraits he has created. What is unique about this essayist is that he considers a caricatural portrait the closest to reality. This point of view makes us aware of a change in the work of Roberto Montenegro (1887-1968), who was moving toward a certain kind of Expressionism.

“José Corral Rigand” is the pseudonym used by the writer of this short article, Carlos Noriega Hope.

Researcher
Esther Acevedo : Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH / CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of El Universal de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional