Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    759104
    TITLE
    De la tierra y de la patria / POR JOSE MORENO VILLA
    IN
    Romance : Revista popular Hispanoamericana (México, D. F., México). -- No. 4 (Mar. 15, 1940)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Moreno Villa, José. "De la tierra y de la patria." Romance: Revista popular hispanoamericana (Mexico City) 1, no.4 (March 1940): 3.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Editorial Categories [?]
Synopsis

This article provides thoughts on the meaning of land and the mother country. For José Moreno Villa, a Spanish artist exiled in Mexico during the Spanish Civil War, the mother country is made up of “my friendships, my stuff—or small material goods, familiar paths, streets and landscapes, the speech and the whole moral and aesthetic array that it has scattered around in books, paintings, monuments, laws and customs.” Although exile has taken many of these elements away, others remain, such as speech and urban life (or the landscape) that no revolution can take away.

Annotations

Many exiled intellectuals emphasized the value of their language as a mark of identity and as the greatest, most important thing given to them by Mexico and all of Latin America. José Moreno Villa (1887–1955) was a poet, critic, painter, and art historian who was born in Malaga, Spain, and died in Mexico City. He learned how to integrate himself into the new country as few writers have done. While admiring Mexican art and customs and writing about them, Moreno Villa kept mining those immutable values in his Hispanic soul, that is, his language as a land that could not be expropriated, a language that was his legitimate mother country. Through it all, Moreno Villa held strong against the State, which may change its outlook and blow “those you call your children to smithereens.”

Researcher
María Teresa Suárez / Guadalupe Tolosa : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of José Moreno Nieto, New York, NY
Location
Ateneo Español de México, A. C.