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  • ICAA Record ID
    765731
    AUTHOR
    Encina, Juan de la
    TITLE
    Motivos críticos : Aurelio Arteta / por Juan de la Encina
    IN
    Romance : Revista popular hispanoamericana (México, D. F., México). -- No.19 (Dic. 18, 1940)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 4
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Biographies
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    de la Encina, Juan. "Motivos críticos: Aurelio Arteta." Romance: Revista popular hispanoamericana (Mexico City) 1, no.19 (December 1940): 4.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Arteta y Errasti, Aurelio de
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Synopsis

The subject of this article is the Spanish artist in exile, Aurelio Arteta, who died in a streetcar accident only a year after he arrived in Mexico. The writer of the short article is a compatriot who shared the experience of being exiled in Mexico. His text is focused on reconstructing the artist’s career in the years before the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). It highlights the values in his painting, its purity, and, at the same time, the artist’s freedom of thought. The article also makes reference to the fresco paintings executed by Arteta for Banco de Bilbao in Madrid with marine, industrial and urban motifs situated in the Basque Country. However, Arteta created his most important work through easel painting rather than murals.

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The painter from Bilbao, Aurelio Arteta (1879 –1940), was only in Mexico for a very short time, and there is no way of knowing what influence Mexican art, particularly muralism, had on him. His motifs adhered to the costumbrismo [local customs] of his native land, although in Mexico he created exuberant portraits. He has been placed in the Realist trend, with a social bent, that existed in Spain just before the Civil War. The high quality of his forms and use of color call for a meticulous study of his career, both in Spain and in Mexico; this explains the importance of this article.

The writer of the article was the journalist from Bilbao, Juan de la Encina (the pseudonym of Salvador R. Guzmán, 1890 – 1963), who had also settled in Mexico because of the Spanish Civil War.

Researcher
María Teresa Suárez / Guadalupe Tolosa : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Ateneo Español de México A. C.