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Francisco Dosamantes
Mid Century Naturaleza Muerta Con Mangoes (Still Life w. Mangoes) by Dosamantes

1956

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Mid Century Naturaleza Muerta Con Mangoes (Still Life w. Mangoes) by Francisco Dosamantes Substantial and brilliant modernist still-life painting mangoes by Francisco Dosamantes (Mexico, 1911-1986) Exhibition label on verso (circa 1957), "Salon De Plasticas Mexicana - Instituto Nacional De Bellas Artes - Francisco Dosamantes, Naturaleza Muerta Con Mangoes." Image 24"H x 31.5"W. "Francisco Dosamantes was born in Mexico City on October 4, 1911. His father was Daniel Dosamantes who was a builder, interior decorator and painter. Since its founding in 1949, the Hall of Plastic Mexican SPM, has accommodated the most representative work of the national art. Throughout its existence they have been part of hundreds of painters, sculptors, engravers, designers, ceramists and photographers of all tendencies and generations. Jut names: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Gerardo Murillo "Dr. Atl" Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Dosamantes, Jorge González Camarena, Leopoldo Mendez, Carlos Merida, Pablo O'Higgins, Francisco Moreno Capdevila, Juan O'Gorman, Jose Chavez Morado, Adolfo Mexiac, Alfredo Zalce, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Hector Garcia and Francisco Zuniga. He entered the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, where he studied for five years. Initially, however, he was disappointed with the inexperience of the young professors and he left for a short time to study on his own. During this time, some of the dissatisfied professors organized the 30 30 group against the academic system of the school and which whom he sympathized. The effort gained the attention of established artists such as Diego Rivera who intervened. After he graduated, he worked with the cultural missions of the Secretaría de Educación Pública in Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Colima, Coahuila and Chihuahua (state) from 1932 to 1937 then again from 1941 to 1945. He stated that this experience was vital to his conscience as he worked with rural farm workers and others he stated were worthy of dignity and respect, but victims of deceit and exploitation. When he returned to Mexico City, he gave classes in high schools from 1937 to 1941. In 1945 he founded and directed the Taller Escuela de Dibujo y Pintura “Joaquín Claussell” in Campeche, Campeche. Dosamantes was a politically and culturally active artist with most of his work and affiliations related to such. He was a member of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios from 1934 to 1938. He was a founding member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, serving as administrator in 1940 and remaining a member until his death except for one short hiatus. He created posters for conferences about fascism and Nazism such as Alemania bajo bayonetas (Germany under bayonets) in 1938. In 1940 he became the secretary general of the Sindicato de Maestros de Artes Plásticas. He was also a member of the Sociedad para el Impulso de las Artes Plásticas en 1948, a founding member of the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana in 1949 and a member of the Frente Nacional de Artes Plásticas from 1952. He painted a number of murals in rural areas of Mexico generally when he was there on cultural missions. His main mural is at the former home of José María Morelos in Carácuaro, Michoacán, but there are a number at various rural schools. These were all painted between 1941 and 1946. He exhibited his works, which included engravings, oils, tempuras and lithographs in Mexico and abroad. His first individual exhibition was in 1930 at the Galeria de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. His major exhibitions include the Excelsior Gallery in Mexico City in 1932, various exhibitions in New York, Washington, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in 1937 and the Gallery of Mexican Art in Mexico City in 1946 and 1948. The most important individual exhibition was the Homenaje 40 Años de Labor event in 1970 at the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana. He also participated in various group exhibitions in Mexico, Cuba, Spain, the U.S. and France. His work can be found at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Latin American Art Museum in Russia, the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Recognitions for his work include a silver medal at the 1929 exhibiotn "Ibero Americana" in Seville, Spain, an honorable mention at the "La Ciudad de México" exhibition in 1949, first place in lithography at the "Asamblea Nacional de Cirujanos" in 1952, a silver medal at the Salón Panamericano de Arte in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1958 and a win at the Certamen de pintura Mexicana, organized by the Consejo Nacional de Turismo in 1962. In 1981, there was a retrospective of his work at the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana.
  • Creator:
    Francisco Dosamantes (1911 - 1986, Mexican)
  • Creation Year:
    1956
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 37 in (93.98 cm)Width: 34 in (86.36 cm)Depth: 3 in (7.62 cm)
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  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Normal age toning to varnish.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: JT-R31311stDibs: LU5421403933
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