Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate on this day. Today's birthdayt guy is José Clemente Orozco (November 23, 1883 - September 7, 1949). A few years ago I saw a show of his drawings down in San Jose and was so impressed by his bold vision. As with so many artists of the last century, he deserves to be better known. He was a Mexican social realist 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. In this image, he looks over some of his drawings in his New York City apartment on Dec. 4, 1945.
|Prometeo del Pomona College|
|Mural "Omnisciencia", 1925|