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Ramón Alva de la Canal painted the first version of El Café de Nadie [No Man’s Café] in 1924. After it disappeared, he decided to paint the scene again, but this time he introduced some new elements. To illustrate it, he included the names of some fundamental Estridentista artists, such as the painter Fermín Revueltas and the printmaker Leopoldo Méndez. 


The Estridentista group spent nearly two-and-a-half years in the city of Xalapa, the seat of government of the state of Veracruz. It was a time of intense social action that saw the flowering of a brief cultural revolution while the poet Manuel Maples Arce (1898–1981) was a government secretary. In 1927, pressure from the local conservative sector as well as from foreign oil and gas interests, drove the group from the city. Maples Arce was the very first to be pushed out, rather violently, and he left his archives as well as the Estridentismo records and materials for safekeeping. At a certain moment, it became scattered. 

Francisco Reyes Palma
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of Jorge Ramón Alva Hernández, Mexico City, México
Museo Nacional de Arte