The Mexican Mural Movement 1900-1930

Casey, Margaret A. (1992) The Mexican Mural Movement 1900-1930. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Many studies have been made of the 'Mexican Mural Renaissance', but these generally have
not provided an integrated account of the philosophical and ideological beginnings,
development and end of the Mexican government's 1920's programme. Also, recent studies
dealing with aspects of the programme have brought new evidence forward which allows this
study to provide an overview of the social, political and aesthetic context of the mural
programme. This is helpful in the assessment of the muralists' artistic achievements both as
individuals and as members of the artists' syndicate. Primary source material such as the
artists' autobiographies and the newspapers such as 'La Vanguardia' and 'EI Machete' to
which they frequently contributed have also been studied closely to provide new insights into
their political thinking and aesthetic principles as they sought to create a 'revolutionary art for
Since the programme was government-sponsored as part of a national education policy,
the ideology of the regimes which preceded and followed the Revolution of 1910-17 has
been examined to ascertain how well the muralists' ideals and work matched the expectations
of their official patrons. Accordingly an account is also given of the political life of Mexico, in
particular during the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz and the Revolution, and especially close
attention is given to politics during the 1920's when the mural programme was underway.
Concerning the muralists themselves, aspects of their experience which may have
influenced their art are considered concurrently with their contemporary work. This is
particularly important as a major question addressed in this study concerns the reduction of
the muralists' programme from a group project, to the efforts of three noted muralists with
assistance in some cases from others previously employed as muralists in their own right, to
the final reduction of the programme to just Diego Rivera and several assistants.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Reproduction of plates (v. 2) not included.
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Supervisor's Name: Fowler, John and Gonzalez, Mike
Date of Award: 1992
Depositing User: Ms Mary Anne Meyering
Unique ID: glathesis:1992-4832
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 15:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 09:19

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