Social realist lithograph by Mexican born artist Julio Castellanos.
The image evokes the feeling of separation and loneliness in the more intimate of family settings.
Julio Castellanos was born in Mexico City. Despite belonging to the group of artists and writers who put forward their ideas in the magazine Contemporaneos, he was also a muralist and lithographer - an illustration of the variety of stances adopted by painters in the modern art of Mexico. He began his studies under Saturnino Herran and Leandro Izaguirre, teachers of the academic line. As a young man he went to the United States and worked for a time in scenography. On returning to Mexico in the early twenties he became involved with the Open Air Schools of Painting and the drawing techniques by Adolfo Best Maugard. He was prompted into his career as a painter by Manuel Rodriquez from whom he assimilated the aesthetics of popular culture and a knowledge of European avant-garde movements. He paid short visits to Buenos Aires and Paris and then back in Mexico, joined the poets and dramatists of the Teatro Ulises (sponsored by Antonieta Rivas Mercado) where he contributed designs for some sets. Castellanos painted murals for public schools in Mexico and at the same time exhibited art both in galleries and state institutions. It was in the last ten years of his life that he produced most of his minimal output. In 1946, together with Frida Kahlo, he received an award from the Ministry of Public Education. Castellanos died suddenly, one year later.
Biography adapted from the Andres Blaisten Museum.
Image is on light cream paper ,not laid down. Full sheet 24 1/2" x 19 1/2",
Image size is approximately 11" x 12". Edition #1/20 ,artist signed and dated 1931. All images taken through glass, the print does not fit the frame and will be shipped unframed.
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Julio Castellanos, Mexican artist,rare 1931 lithograph