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David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican, 1896–1974)
LOT ID: 78004
Paisaje Volcanico, ie. circa 1960

Acrylic, and pyroxylin on masonite
25 х 32.5 in. (63.5 x 82.55 cm.)
Signed, "Siqueiros" lower left
Lot description
Jose David Alfaro Siqueiros (December 29, 1896 in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico - January 6, 1974 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico) was a social realist painter and muralist. Siqueiros is best known for large murals in fresco that established the "Mexican Mural Renaissance" together with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. As a result of Mexico's high humidity and strong sun, oil painting did not lend itself to "Los Tres Grandes", and Siqueiros sought a more direct media. This muralist tradition led to the development of pyroxylin, a lacquer developed as automobile paint. Siqueiros organized a workshop in New York, closer to the chemical industry, expressly to develop and experiment with synthetic paints. Through his work with pyroxylin, Siqueiros is able to achieve a composition of flowing energy. In this piece, the artist depicted the paisaje volcano erupts in a cataclysm of forceful dynamism.

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Paisaje Volcanico by David Alfaro Siqueiros
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