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In his article on the young painter Jesús Guerrero Galván, whose 1939 work amounted to a reinterpretation of European classicism, critic Luis Cardoza y Aragón placed more weight and validity on the formal and visual components of the work of the artist from Jalisco. He points out that his painting was “sensual and sensitive,” always emphasizing its visual character and material.
In 1937, when the LEAR [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] organized an exhibition at the Congreso Nacional de Artistas y Escritores, the Guatemalan art critic Luis Cardoza y Aragón (1901–1992) disqualified certain participants from the show. The author of La nube y el reloj [The Cloud and the Clock] (1940) refused to speak of collective art in this article, instead preferring to take notice of individual works and their formal characteristics. The works of Jesús Guerrero Galván were characterized as “continual quests” and by an “intimate and personal nonconformity,” values that the critic always defended throughout his artistic and literary career.