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mexican art

March 28, 2016 | Author: | Posted in advanced art, art

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Mexican Art

The land called Mexico has many moods and faces . Without a doubt Mexico is steeped in ancient Indian lore , seasoned with Spanish colonial customs . The array of folk art and crafts in Mexico is simply mind-boggling . Each region of Mexico has its own specialty , with villagers maintaining the traditions handed down from countless generations

Mexican culture is a fascinating blend of Native American traditions and Spanish colonial influences . Long before the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century , the indigenous civilizations of Mexico had developed arts [banner_entry_middle]

br such as ceramics , music , poetry , sculpture , and weaving . After the conquest , the intricate designs and bright colors of many Native American arts were often mixed with European techniques and religious themes to create a hybrid and uniquely Mexican artistic style . Numerous churches constructed during the colonial era reflect the blending of Spanish architectural designs with the handiwork of Native American workers who built and decorated the buildings . Many of Mexico ‘s most popular modern crafts – such as textiles , pottery , and furniture making – borrow designs and techniques from Native American culture . Mexican painting and music have also been shaped by this heritage

Indigenous influences were given a tremendous boost by the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920 . During and immediately after the revolution many Mexican artists celebrated the nation ‘s unique mixture of races and cultures in their work . Political and social themes from the revolution – such as efforts at land reform and the right of common Mexicans to participate in the nation ‘s government – were also reflected in the arts

Immediate post revolutionary governments supported the arts and contributed to efforts to make them more accessible to average Mexicans especially in the 1920s and 1930s . The

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individual most responsible for this support was Josy Vasconcelos , a leading intellectual who served as secretary of education in the first post revolutionary government . The government was especially influential in promoting mural painting , commissioning artists to paint murals depicting Mexican history on public buildings (Hutchison , 2003 . During the 1930s , painters came to Mexico from the United States to study the mural movement . Many people from Europe , the United States , and Latin America also visited Mexico as tourists in the 1930s and 1940s increasing the popularity of native arts such as the making of silver jewelry


Mexican arts , with the exception of folk arts , generally followed European patterns during the colonial period and the 19th century . The Mexican Revolution was instrumental in fostering a new sense of nationalism and experimentation at the School of Fine Arts in Mexico City . Artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros belonged to a group of painters who decided that content and form was as important as aesthetics . A number of these artists , including Siqueiros , were political activists as well as artists who aimed to inspire the lower classes in Mexico by creating paintings that dealt with revolutionary themes . They encouraged the development of public murals , so that ordinary Mexicans could view the work of leading artists (Martin… [banner_entry_footer]


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