Painting: “María Izquierdo" 2013 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).
One of the best Mexican writers Octavio Paz said about her:
“María looked like a prehistoric goddess. Her face like mud dried by the sun…and smoky like copal incense… but that woman with the terrible air of a prehistoric goddess was at the same time sweetness, shy, intimate”.
She was Diego Rivera’s best student, who once reviewing her students’ works said about María’s painting: “This is the only work that is worth it”. Obviously the other students were jealous and received her the next day with a bucket of water making her exclaim along all her career this phrase “It’s a crime to be born a woman and on top of that to be talented”.
María lived a passionate relationship with Rufino Tamayo. The love among María Izquierdo and Rufino Tamayo was so strong and passionate that the writer Emilio Abreu Gómez tells that from 1928 to 1932 the parties in their house were so crazy and lasted four days. María and Rufino were in love, walked together, made love, observed the world together, painted together at a studio in the street Soledad in Mexico City… passion went from one to another and from the paintbrush to the canvas… they didn’t compete, they complemented each other… they selected the same topics… they shared the same obsessions, they just simply loved each other…
But this love wasn’t meant to last …
(But let’s focus on the positive about this talented artist)…
In 1930, she was the first Mexican woman who exhibited her art in the Art Center of New York, becoming the first female artist to exhibit in the USA.
Although she died forgotten by the world, on November 22nd, 2012 the same world made her justice and placed her in an honored position, letting her rest in peace in the “Rotonda de los Personajes Ilustres” from the Dolores burial ground in Mexico City, making her the only painter woman to have this honor.
(Now, María won’t be alone anymore)… She will be accompanied by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Gerardo Murillo “Dr. Atl”, Jose Clemente Orozco and many other who have distinguished themselves by the contribution to the Nation in any ambit, the military, scientific, civic or cultural.
There’s always a time for everyone and your time to be always remembered by your Mexico arrived María!!!!
Again, thank you for taking the time to read about art…
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