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Orozco-Dartmouth, Daderot Enlarge

Mural by José Clemente Orozco
(Dartmouth College, USA)
(GNU, free license)


Derived from murals, muralism is an artistic movement that came into being in Mexico in the early 20s. With artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, muralism distinguished itself by its determination to give the Mexican people a more accessible vision of their history.

The movement partially drew its inspiration from Mexico's pre-Colombian past. Muralists thus rejected the traditional easel in favor of the surfaces of public buildings. As of 1930, muralism spread out elsewhere in the Americas, in particular to the United States, Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

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