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  • ICAA Record ID
    778205
    TITLE
    Los precursores del arte animalista : Egipto, Caldea y Asiria / José JUAN TABLADA
    IMPRINT
    México, D. F. : [s.n.], 1ª quincena de febrero de 1902
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Tablada, José Juan. "Los precursores del arte animalista: Egipto, Caldea y Asiria." Revista moderna: Arte y ciencia (Mexico City) 5, no.3 (February 1902): 34-35.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This is a two-part article, in which the writer José Juan Tablada takes us on a delightful, well-informed, and instructive tour of the animalist works of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Jews, and Persians. Perhaps due to the influence of positivism, the official Mexican doctrine in force at that time, Tablada’s perspective is evolutionary and hierarchical. For example, he believes Egyptian art to be superior to the Chaldean-Assyrian equivalent. The industrial arts are what truly excite the modern interest of this writer, who takes great pleasure in mentioning the watercolors and gouaches of the great Persian masters.

Annotations

Other than Japanism and Monsterism, Animalism was one of the only modernist themes to gain much traction among the great Hispanic-American writers, and was embraced in particular by those in the French art milieu and Baudelairian camp. José Juan Tablada (1871-1945) considered it a form of prism through which to perceive both applied arts and art in general?initially in cultures such as the ones discussed in these articles and, subsequently, in the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico. In terms of the art of his time, it was a recurring theme in the modernist ideas that Tablada would express in Revista Moderna [Modern Magazine], where he worked in tandem with Julio Ruelas (1870-1907).  

Researcher
Luis Rius Caso : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
Courtesy of Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Biblioteca Rubén Bonifaz Nuño del Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México