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These four figures with writing quill, paintbrush, guitar and drama mask represent the art and culture brought into El Paso as a result of the Mexican Revolution. Before 1910, the writers and artists of Mexico followed the European traditions that were popular throughout the artistic world. But after the Mexican Revolution, new artists began to emerge with a unique style that reflected the culture and traditions of Mexico, rather than Europe. This “renaissance” of the arts in Mexico led to artistic works that have endured as symbols of Mexico.

Some artists who were prominent in the years following the Revolution include poet Octavio Paz (who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990), muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, and artist Frida Kahlo. In the 1930’s mariachi music, long a part of the culture, came to the forefront of popular Mexican entertainment. The revolution also inspired many cinematographers to produce films within Mexico.

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Do you think Mexican art is vibrant today? Why or why not?

Related Links:

First chapter of Mary Kay Vaughn’s Cultural Politics in Revolution

Mexican History and Culture

Description of the Mexican Modern Art Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Read More, Learn More:

Vaughan, Mary Kay. 1997. Cultural Politics in Revolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940. Arizona: University of Arizona Press.