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Horses Actors

María Izquierdo (Mexican, 1902–1955). Horses Actors, 1940. Gouache on paper, 16 x 22 1/2 inches (40.6 x 57.2 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940 (RCA1940:10). © Estate of María Izquierdo.

© Estate of María Izquierdo

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© Estate of María Izquierdo

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© Estate of María Izquierdo

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María Izquierdo

Mexican, 1902-1955

Horses Actors, 1940

gouache on paper

sheet: 16 x 22 1/2 inches (40.64 x 57.15 cm); framed: 26 5/8 x 30 1/2 x 1 inches (67.63 x 77.47 x 2.54 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940

RCA1940:10

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Inscriptions

signature / lower right / M. Izquierdo

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Gouache (painting)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

In 1923, María Izquierdo moved with her family to Mexico City, where she was inspired by the region’s artistic culture. There, she studied with prominent Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, who strove to harness the political ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1910–20) in their murals. Although Izquierdo shared Rivera and Tamayo’s core values, she sought to implement them in a more universal language that was less propagandistic, often reinterpreting Mexican folklore and traditions in a primitive style and bright color palette. Art became an essential means of personal communication for the artist. One of her favorite subjects was the circus, which is the main theme of Horse Actors. Izquierdo often went to performances with her aunt and grandmother as a young girl, and such images reminded her of them.

Label from Menagerie: Animals on View, March 11–June 4, 2017

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