Hardcover in complete dj. 312 illustrations, 56 of them in colour. Translated from the German. Bookseller Inventory # 022213
Synopsis: Mural painting has always been the art form most characteristic of Mexico. From the prehistoric rock paintings of Sonora to the sophisticated mural art of Teotihuacan and the Maya city of Bonampak, the language of color was the means of communication of many Mexican civilizations, and writing existed only in the form of painted (or carved) hieroglyphs.
As the author of this book shows in a fascinating analysis of Aztec oral literature, the Aztecs used the names of colors as synonyms for beauty and art, and their poetry is an iridescent reflection of the lost splendor of their mural paintings. This tradition was never entirely lost after the Spanish conquest. Even after European artistic conventions had displaced the early postconquest Indian religious painters, with their remarkable capacity for adapting native style to Christian subject matter, mural decoration remained a living part of Mexican popular and religious art. It survived on the walls of remote Indian churches and of humble pulque-shops until the gradual rise of national and revolutionary movements in the nineteenth century created a demand for a committed public art.
The catalyst was the Revolution of 1910-17. Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and a host of other remarkable artists began, in the famous murals of the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, a pictorial narrative of the national story which has since been elaborated on the walls of public buildings throughout the country. The volume and variety of this mural painting, with its reflection of widely differing personalities and attitudes to Mexico's turbulent and triumphant history, have here been recorded on an epic scale. In his text, Dr. Antonia Rodriguez spans thousands of years of the history of a country which, through successive waves of invasion, exploitation and destruction, has maintained a thread of cultural identity.
Language Notes: Text: English, German, Spanish (translation)
Title: A History of Mexican Mural Painting
Publication Date: 1969
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st US Ed.
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Stated First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001081513
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, UK, 1969. Hardcover. First Edition UK (1969), so stated. Very Good in Good DJ: Book shows indications of careful use: light wear to the lower front corner tip; some spray-like soiling to the top edge of the silk-covered boards; the top edge of the text block shows fairly heavy foxing; several small, very faint soil spots at the fore-edge; the binding remains square and quite secure;the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. Despite some minor flaws, remains a handsome copy. The DJ shows fairly heavy wear; some loss to chipping and rubbing at extremities and numerous short closed and partially closed tears; former bookseller's price sticker at the lower corner of the rear panel; considerable soiling to the white background field portions of the panels and backstrip; the price has not been clipped; mylar-protected. 4to. (12 x 10 x 2.3 inches). 518 pages. 312 illustrations, 56 of them in colour. Translated from the German. Language: English. Weight: 6 pounds. First published in German in 1967. Hardback with DJ. First Edition UK (1969), so stated. First published in German in 1967. Bookseller Inventory # 49045