Mexican painting did not come to be internationally recognized until the early 20th century. It was the muralist movement, starting in the 1920s and strongly connected to the Mexican Revolution of the previous decade, from which such great artists as José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957) emerged. Rarely has art been more political. Thus, what Mexican muralists of the time put up on the walls of the most diverse buildings also tells the story of this ever so restless nation.
Jean Charlot (1898-1979) was a French painter, draftsman, engraver and lithographer, born in Paris in a French-Mexican family. In 1921 he emigrated to Mexico and became one of the founding members of the Mexican Mural Renaissance. He has written extensively on the history of Mexican art and also worked as an archaeologist in Chichen Itza in Yucatan from 1925 to 1928. In 1949, he stood as an art professor in the University of Hawaii, Manoa until his death.
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