Portrait of Moisés Sáenz
David Alfaro Siqueiros ( Mexican, 1896 - 1974 )
In this portrait, the artist emphasized cubes, cones, spheres, and cylinders. Though most famous as one of Los Tres Grandes (The Three Great Ones) of the Mexican mural movement of the 1920s and 30s, David Alfaro Siquieros also responded to European cubism, as this work demonstrates. This international influence overlaps with his interest in Mexico’s pre-Conquest cultures, evident in this imposing figure rendered in a heavy, block-like, idealized way reminiscent of the ancient Olmec heads from Veracruz.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.