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Mexican Muralism

Mexican Muralism Collage

Started: 1920

Ended: 1950

"The artist must paint as he would speak. I don't want people to speculate what I mean, I want them to understand."

David Alfaro Siqueiros Signature

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Originally spawned by the need to promote pride and nationalism in a country rebuilding after revolution, the Mexican Muralist movement brought mural painting back from its staid retirement in the history of ancient peoples as a respected artistic form with a strong social potential. With it, a rich visual language emerged in public spaces as a means to make art accessible to all. It provided an opportunity to educate and inform the common man with its messages of cultural identity, politics, oppression, resistance, progress and other important issues of the time. It was a fiercely independent movement; many of its early artists rejecting external influences and using this new, vast and freeing canvas to achieve personal expression. It proved that art could be a valid communication tool outside the confines of the gallery and museum.

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