November 23, 2010

The epic of American civilization

Orozco, self-portrait.

Today is the birthdate of Mexican muralist Jose Orozco, born in 1883 and died in 1949.

In 1932, Orozco was invited by Dartmouth College to be an artist in residence and to paint a mural in Baker Library.  Orozco painted a 21-panel work called the ‘The Epic of American Civilization – and by American he meant the New World, not the United States.  There are other Orozco works in the US, but nothing on this scale.  More views of his work in Guadalajara here.

Below, ‘Gods of the Modern World,’ panel 21 of The Epic of American Civilization by Jose Orozco, Baker Library, Dartmouth College.  Photo by Daderot.



  1. that is freaky!! 😉


    Comment by Nina — November 23, 2010 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  2. This is a really extraordinary Painting! This painting is unlike any of the paintings by Orozco that I have seen.


    Comment by GALYA TARMU — November 23, 2010 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

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