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This article mentions the forthcoming opening of the Escuela n° 6 de la Secretaría de Educación Pública [Ministry of Public Education’s School No. 6] that will be attended by President Álvaro Obregón (1920-24). The building that was once the home of the Colegio de San Gregorio—and would subsequently be put to many other uses—has two large patios whose walls were painted by Dr. Atl. According to the article, on the day before the opening the artist toured the site in the company of journalists to discuss his murals. The article is illustrated with a photograph of a section of “El titán” [The Titan]. Dr. Atl describes the architecture and the sculpture in both patios.
The mural paintings by Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl (1875-1964)), which included a number of oceanic references and landscapes, were called La bella furia del mar [The Beautiful Fury of the Sea]. The paintings were begun in 1921, when commissioned by the Minister of Public Education, José Vasconcelos. Ever since the days of the Academy under the Porfirio Díaz regime, Dr. Atl had been a passionate promoter of a Mexican mural movement. His ideals in those days, however, as seen in his work at San Pedro and San Pablo, were expressed with a symbolist brush. The sculptural, monumental quality of his figures is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s nudes that Atl himself admired and considered to be good examples to follow. In general terms, his compositions expressed the elements and the forces of nature.