Friday, September 08, 2006

Mexican Muralist

Jean Charlot
Date 1964
Media Oil on canvas

Born in France in 1898, Jean Charlot studied at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris and served as an artillery officer at the end of the first World War. Soon after, he moved to Mexico and by the 1920s he had established himself in the art community of Mexico City. He befriended Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, all main figures in the Mexican Mural movement of the early 1920s. For two years, he concentrated on mural paintings in fresco and became an assistant to Diego Rivera.

Charlot produced a series of small woodcuts and oils, primarily portraits of many of his contemporaries. In 1933, he completed a series of lithographs with printer, George Miller, among them “Great Builders I” and “Great Builders II”.

He moved to New York in 1928 and his work was shown in the Mexican government- sponsored group exhibition at the Art Center during the same year. He also participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Fogg Museum.

Charlot met the printer Lynton R. Kistler in Los Angeles in 1933 and together they completed a color lithograph, which led to the publishing of “Picture Book”, a collection containing thirty- two color lithographs. In 1938, he taught extensively, at Choiunard Art School, Stendahl Galleries, Disney Studios and, in New York, at the Art Students League, Columbia University and the Brooklyn Museum.

Charlot is the person who singlehandedly resurrected the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, the great Mexican engraver of popular art - especially the "Day of the Dead" skeleton figures that are so well known today.He moved to Hawaii to teach at the University and remained there for about thirty years until his death in 1979. He won many awards for his work.

Tortilla Maker
Date 1967
Media Oil on canvas

Dance of the Malinches
Danza de las malinches
Dated 1948 Media Oil on canvas

Mother Carrying Child on her Back

Madre Cargando Niño en sus Espaldas
Dated1934 Media Color lithograph
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Comments are always appreciated.

N Posted by Rain at 9/08/2006 01:20:00 PM


  • Blogger Lyndon posted at 4:41 PM  
    The first one is definitely the best of the bunch. Although Tortilla Maker isn't that bad, like the use of colors in that one.

    As usual, interesting and informative Rain :-)
  • Blogger jules posted at 7:45 AM  
    I had never heard of this guy. Thanks for sharing.
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