Manuel Felguérez is perhaps one of the most accomplished Mexican abstract artists of the 20th Century. Born at the Hacienda de San Agustin del Vergel in the town of Valparaíso, Zacatecas, in 1928.
In 1947 he traveled to Europe where he had his first real and meaningful contact with art. He returned to Mexico and enrolled at the Academia de San Carlos but couldn't fit in with the program so he decided to go back to France. In Paris he started studying at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière under the famous Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine. During his time in Paris he met the painter Lilia Carrillo who would become his wife in 1960. He went back to Mexico City in 1951 to study at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura La Esmeralda under the direction of Francisco Zúñiga, but once again returned to France in 1954 with the help of a grant that the French Government awarded him to study at the Académie Colarossi. It was that same year that he had his first solo exhibition.
He was a professor at Cornell University, at the Universidad Iberoamericana, member of the Comite de Artistas e Intelectuales of the student movement of 1968, and professor of Design and Investigacion Visual at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In the early 60's Felguérez was commissioned to make more than 30 murals for public and private institutions. According to writer Octavio Paz "Manuel Felguérez created a new muralism movement where painting is joined with sculpture".
Over his lifetime he has done a variety of work in addition to art, sometimes out of necessity. It includes taxidermist, anthropologist, artisan, researcher and teacher and never depended on art sales to live.
This fantastic military polychrome and welded steel sculpture, circa mid-1950's- mid-1960's, stands an impressive 17" in height and rests of a wooden base measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" in size. The inscription should read "Mejico Ejercito del Independencia General Iturbide Infanteria 1820" and his signature "Felguerez". Excellent vintage condition, sharp colors, with no condition issues to note with exception of a small portion of the inscription is missing.
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