Really a knockout. A large oil full of life and painted with devotion and verve by Carlos Murillo, most probably in collaboration with his mentor and teacher, Jose Maria Jara Peregrina. José Jara’s paintings were hugely popular in their time, and remain important. His fascination with folklore and custom, “Mexicanismo” prefigured the twentieth century intellectual and creative explosion. Two generations of artists were influenced as Mexico forged a new and powerful identity out of its indigenous roots and extraordinary history of cultural collision that would constitute its “Golden Age.”. Apart from the immense charm of the scene, the ethnographic value of this delightful genre painting adds greatly to its interest. Truly a pioneering work.
Unframed. 63″ x 41.5″.
José María Jara, also known as Jose Jara Peregrina, (1866–1939) was a Mexican painter from Orizaba, Veracruz, whose works were mostly dedicated to capturing Mexican folk customs. He was a noted student of Santiago Rebull, José Salomé Pina and José María Velasco at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. His best-known work is called El Velorio, which depicts a wake on the floor of a house by a humble family. This painting was presented at L’Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. Other paintings include La Fundación de México, Los aguadores adornando una fuente para la fiesta de la Santa Cruz and Los primeros pasos.
He was also an important teacher, at the Colegio San Nicolas in Michoacan from c 1893, a career that would last for forty years, culminating in the rectorship of the Universidad de Michoacan, passing on his passion for Mexicanismo as well as the European academic tradition. Students of his would include Manual Iturbide, Sereno Sereno and Salvador Alfonso Martinez Baez.