Anonymous (Circle of Orozco) Modernist Portrait of Mexican Painter Orozco
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1930-40s Print Date 1930-40s
Dimensions 9-13/16 x 6-7/8 in. (249 x 175 mm)
Photo Country Mexico
Photographer Country Mexico
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
There is a sense of Futurism and Modernism in this photograph. Probably taken and printed between 1934 and 1945. Provenance: Collection of Justino Fernandez, noted Mexican painting dealer and Orozco's biographer. Some light scratching marks on the negative (not on the print) that can easily be retouched.
José Clemente Orozco (November 23, 1883 – September 7, 1949) was a Mexican painter, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance together with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and others. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less realistic and more fascinated by machines than Rivera. Mostly influenced by Symbolism, he was also a genre painter and lithographer. Between 1922 and 1948, Orozco painted murals in Mexico City, Orizaba, Claremont, CA, New York City, Hanover, NH, Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Jiquilpan, Michoacán. His drawings and paintings are exhibited by the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City, and the Orozco Workshop-Museum in Guadalajara. Orozco was known for being a politically committed artist. He promoted the political causes of peasants and workers.