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  • ICAA Record ID
    789210
    TITLE
    “La Piedad” : un fresco de Rodríguez Lozano en la penitenciaría del D. F. / por José Bergamín
    IN
    Ars : Revista mensual (México, D. F., México). -- Vol.1, no.3 (Mar. 1942)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 50-51 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Bergamín, José. "'La Piedad': Un fresco de Rodríguez Lozano en la penitenciaría del D. F." Ars: Revista mensual (Mexico City) 1, no.3 (March 1942): 50-51.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this article the Spanish writer José Bergamín analyzes the mural, La Piedad [Mercy] that Manuel Rodríguez Lozano painted at the Lecumberri prison in Mexico City. He finds aspects of Lozano’s work within the Hispanic heritage adopted by Mexicans: those of “its best spiritual riches, those of its poetic art and its religious faith.” The author analyzes the work from a subjective perspective that distinguishes Rodríguez Lozano from the rest of the “revolutionary painters” motivated by political concerns.

Annotations

José Bergamín (1895-1983), a poet and short-story writer from Madrid, reviews the work that Manuel Rodríguez Lozano (1896-1972) painted at the penitentiary. While he was director of the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Rodríguez Lozano was convicted of stealing some engravings from the institution, for which he spent several months in jail. The painter’s composition could be considered part of what today is known as “contracorriente” [cross current]; that is, an aesthetic alternative to the official nationalism. The latter sought Mexican identity through an inquiry into the la esencia de lo local [local gist]. The use of cool colors, as well as the style and drama of its subjects, place it within what is known as Rodríguez Lozano’s “época blanca” [white period]. Two years earlier, the Spanish writer had published a monograph analyzing the artist’s work. 

Researcher
Diana Briuolo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit

Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México