PAINT THE REVOLUTION: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950


A comprehensive look at four transformative decades that put Mexico’s modern art on the map

In the wake of the 1910–20 Revolution, Mexico emerged as a center of modern art, closely watched around the world. Highlighted are the achievements of the tres grandes (three greats)—José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—and other renowned figures such as Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo, but the book goes beyond these well-known names to present a fuller picture of the period from 1910 to 1950.

Fourteen essays by authors from both the United States and Mexico offer a thorough reassessment of Mexican modernism from multiple perspectives. Some of the texts delve into thematic topics—developments in mural painting, the role of the government in the arts, intersections between modern art and cinema, and the impact of Mexican art in the United States—while others explore specific modernist genres—such as printmaking, photography, and architecture. This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive look at the period that brought Mexico onto the world stage during a period of political upheaval and dramatic social change.

This is a fantastic book. First most of the artists I have heard about and my wife and I had some of their prints. What sets this book apart from others is that it goes into the background of these paintings and other works. What I mean is whether the artist was coming from the revolution time, or maybe the time when they were celebrating their Indian heritage. Also, goes into some artists that came from Canada that were Indian and were able to not only paint but get their works of their Indian culture from Canada published. You also get a look at essays, and poems and other written works. But really just having this book with the pictures of some of the best artists from Mexico is really what sets this book apart for me. I actually came across the works of Rivera many years ago and because of that led me to Orozco, and Siqueiros, before Frida. Their works are full of life, color and tell a story which is what for me attracted me to their work. Like I said this is an excellent book. I got this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

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