Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center

MEXICAN / LATIN AMERICAN

Many artists from Mexico, Central and South America, who rose to prominence during the first decades of the 20th century, looked to their past figurative artistic heritage for inspiration and found a rich history of figurative work from which to draw. The ancient emphasis on the cycle of life, views of the afterlife and the connection to the natural and cosmic world had a profound effect on these 20th century artists. Also, the abstract, expressive style of their predecessors influenced their use of form and composition. The authenticity exuded by the forms and images of ancient American civilizations aided them in lending an air of nobility and historical provenance to sometimes overtly modern political expressions or genre groups.

With the advent of the Colonial period in Mesoamerica, a co-mingling of ancient and Christian imagery emerges as a result of the attempt by Catholics to covert the indigenous populations. Ancient traditions associate themselves with Christian practices to produce hybrid imagery such as those associated with the Day of the Dead celebrations and All Saints Day. Artists from Central and South America and outside observers both record and access these hybrid customs to reveal a more complex, detailed representation of the people and customs of the area.

Modern :: Mexican / Latin American

Matta (Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren), Untitled

Matta (Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren), Untitled
Palm Springs Art Museum

Matta (Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren), Untitled, 1959, oil on canvas, gift of the Estate of Seymour Oppenheimer

 

 


Rufino Tamayo, Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros

Rufino Tamayo, Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros
Palm Springs Art Museum

Rufino Tamayo, Dos Personajes Atacados por Perros (Two People Attacked by Dogs),1983, mixografia, edition 44/75, gift of Edith and Bernard Lewin

 

 


German Horacio, Girls with Birds

German Horacio, Girls with Birds
Palm Springs Art Museum

German Horacio, Girl with Birds, N.D., oil on canvas, gift of the William Holden Estate

 

 

 

 


Francisco Luna, Wood Carver

Francisco Luna, Wood Carver
Palm Springs Art Museum

Francisco Luna, Wood Carver, circa 1967, linocut, edition 1/10, gift of the Estate of Herbert E. Toor

 

 

 


Diego Rivera, Bathers

Diego Rivera, Bathers
Palm Springs Art Museum

Diego Rivera, Bathers (study for El Bano en Tehuantepec, mural for Secretaría de Educación Pùblica, Mexico City), 1925, oil on canvas, gift of the Estate of Herbert E. Toor