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  • ICAA Record ID
    758032
    TITLE
    Revolución hacia atrás
    IN
    El Demócrata : Diario Independiente de la mañana (México, D. F., México). -- Jul. 25, 1923
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Revolución hacia atrás." El Demócrata: Diario independiente de la mañana (Mexico City), July 25, 1923.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This anonymous writer called his column “Revolution backwards.” In it, he says he does not understand the imitation of the primitive lack of skill, the use of ancient symbols, the decomposition of the line as if trying to imitate the hesitant sketch of his precursors, and the seeking of asymmetries. In his view, painting enormous penis and using colors like those found in children’s notebooks are as inappropriate as pretending to speak like a baby when one is an adult. And he asks himself: Who will finally rescue us from these monks dressed up as artists? He is referring to those who, in their quest for novelty or their desire to pose, regress back to Fra Angelico [of the Florentine Quattrocento].

Annotations

Quite clearly the anonymous author of the column in El Demócrata was not familiar with the European movements that were occurring at the beginning of the century when so many “-isms” began flowing after World War I. This columnist, who remained stuck in the era of Correggio and Titian, did not appreciate the values of the primitive. This article is relevant because it reveals the existence of similar conservative attitudes in the field of visual culture, espoused by people who opposed the revolutionary vision of the muralists.

Researcher
Esther Acevedo : Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH / CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
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Location
Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público