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  • ICAA Record ID
    798279
    AUTHOR
    Nájera, Julio C.
    TITLE
    Los frescos de Guardiola son realmente inmorales / Julio C. Nájera
    IN
    El Universal : El gran diario de México (México, D. F., México). -- Ene. 15, 1943
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 4
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Letters
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Nájera, Julio C. "Los frescos de Guardiola son realmente inmorales." El Universal: El gran diario de México (Mexico City), January 15, 1943.
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Synopsis

This is a letter of complaint sent by Julio C. Nájera to El Universal. His subject is the paintings of Jorge González Camarena, which the sender judges “immoral” due to the enormous nudes rendered in the paintings. Nájera believes that certain members of the society are “alarmed by such a disrespectful and defiant challenge to the most basic [standards of] decency.” He does not consider González Camarena’s frescoes to be “art,” since in his view the artist seems “not to understand the dictates of ethics and good manners.”

Annotations

This is the second short article to appear in the conservative Mexico City newspaper, El Universal, to complain about the work entitled La vida [Life] by Jorge González Camarena (1908-80). The work is located in the important Edificio Guardiola in the center of the capital. The true identity of the author of this second letter is unknown, like that of the first, hidden behind the pseudonym Julio C. Nájera. It was originally believed that the source of the article was the prestigious Club de Banqueros, located on the top two floors of the building. Supposedly, the conspiracy also included the Mexican painter based in Europe for many years, Ángel Zárraga (1886-1946), who had decorated the club with elegant modernista allegories. Although the González Camarena paintings survived this controversy, they were ultimately destroyed for the same reasons 14 years later, in 1957.

Researcher
Diana Briuolo : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional