Theme/Style Modernism, Mexican Open Air School of Painting
Media Oils, murals, drawings
Artistic Focus One has only to see the final, unfinished murals painted by Alfredo Ramos Martinez to realize that this artist has not yet gained the full measure of recognition he deserves. Martinez’ art was reflective of his effort to help Mexico recover its own cultural expression from the influences imposed upon it by Spanish conquest and European academy training, and his use of newsprint, pastels and charcoal as a medium was extraordinary. A Los Angeles Times art critic referred to the artist as “one of the neglected figures of Mexican Muralism.”
• In 1912, Martinez established the first of a
series of open air schools for Mexican art students who were encouraged
to infuse their work with a sense of true Mexican culture. In honor
of the group of French painters who painted landscapes in the Fontainebleau
Forest during the 1830s, he named the school “Barbizon.”
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