Mexican Modern Art 1910 - 1950 (16)


Source: WTL photograph© at the Special Exhibition of "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910 - 1950," at the Philadelphia Art Museum, December 13, 2016.
Image: "Self-Portrait"(1921) by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974). Oil on canvas.
Comments: In this post-Cubist, modern painting, Siqueiros has produced one of the earliest of the post-World War I paintings of a modern "classical" period that was pioneered by Pablo Picasso, among others, in the decade of the 20s and 30s. Joining this movement, which led to some of the "realist" elements of the movement of Mexican Muralism, Siqueiros, in this painting, suggests he is seeking to harken back to some of the artistic techniques of the Italian Renaissance. (See: #15, #21, #22, #23, and #24 in this series for other approaches to this kind of "modern classicism.")
For other paintings and murals by Siqueiros in this series on Mexican Modern art, see: => #4; => #17; => #27; and => #29.
Humanities Question: Refer to some of the elements you see in this self-portrait that suggest that the relatively young Siqueiros saw himself in a rather "classical" way.