Painter Jose Clemente Orozco Paintings and Murals Guadalajara Mexico

Muralist Jose Clemente Orozco PicturePainter Jose Clemente Orozco Paintings and Murals Guadalajara Mexico

Jose Clemente Orozco

Life and Work of J.C. Orozco

One of our highlights during our Guadalajara City Tour is of course, when we visit Guadalajara Murals painted by Orozco.
Jose Clemente Orozco was born to Rosa de Flores Orozco, married Margarita Valladares, and had three children.

As a young boy, Orozco’s family moved from Cuidad Guzman to Guadalajara and then to Mexico City, where he attended primary school. At this time, Jose Guadalupe Posadas, a satirical illustrator whose engravings about Mexican culture and politics challenged Mexicans to think differently about what was going on in post-revolutionary Mexico, worked in full view of the public in shop windows located on the way Orozco must travel to reach school. In his autobiography, Orozco confesses, “I would stop [on my way to and from school] and spend a few enchanted minutes in watching [Posadas]… This was the push that first set my imagination in motion and impelled me to cover paper with my earliest little figures; this was my awakening to the existence of the art of painting.” (Orozco, 1962) He goes to say that watching Posada’s engraving decorated gave him his introduction to the use of color. After attending school for Agriculture and Architecture, Orozco studied art in earnest at the San Carlos Academy

With Diego Rivera, he was a leader of the Mexican Mural Renaissance. An important distinction he had from Rivera was his critical view of the Mexican Revolution. While Diego Rivera was a bold, optimistic figure, touting the glory of the revolution, Orozco was less comfortable with the bloody toll the social movement was taking. Orozco is known as one of the “Big Three” muralists along with Diego Rivera, and David Alfareo Siqueiros. All three artists, as well as the painter Rufino Tamayo, originated in Mexico, experimented with fresco on large walls, and elevated their art of mural in fresco to the world-fame class known as Mexican Mural Renaissance.

The three giant Mexican muralist of all times together in this picture Orozco collaborated accessing to modern aesthetic throughout Latin America, although this claim has only a relative value and should be considered a peculiar characteristic of the art he practiced, powerfully influenced, of course, by the pedagogical vocation and encouraging informed political and social the work of Mexican muralists. They engaged in carrying out a task of educating the masses, in order to incite them to revolutionary awareness and national artistic language had to find a direct, simple and powerful, without too many concessions to the avant-garde experimentalism.

Picture Gallery Murals by J.C. Orozco

 Between 1922-24, Jose Clemente Orozco painted at the National Preparatory School the murals: “The Elements,” “Man in Battle Against Nature,” “Christ Destroys His Cross,” “Destruction of the Old Order,” “The Aristocrats,” and “The Trench and the Trinity“. In 1925, he painted the mural “Omniscience” at Mexico City’s House of Tiles. In 1926 – another one at the Industrial School in Orizaba, Veracruz.

 1922 A decisive year for Painter Jose Clemente Orozco

 A significant date in the pictorial history of José Clemente Orozco is the year 1922. By the time he joined Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and other artists to start the Mexican muralist movement, how much international predicament and came to have monumental works filled the cities. Nationalist trend, educational and popular, the movement sought to implement the concept of “street art” that painters defended, putting their art to the service of a clearly leftist ideology.

Detail or Quetzalcoatl by Jose Clemente OrozcoBetween 1927-34 J.C. Orozco lived in the USA. In 1930, he painted murals at the New School for Social Research, in New York City. One of his most famous murals is The Epic of American Civilization at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. It was painted between 1932 and 1934 and covers almost 300 m² (3200 square feet) in 24 panels. Its parts include: “Migrations,” “Human Sacrifices,” “The Appearance of Quetzalcoatl,” “Corn Culture,” “Anglo-America,” “Hispano-America,” “Science” and another version of “Christ Destroys His Cross”.

 The abandonment of academic standards and guidelines, but without submitting to the “recipes” of art and innovations from Europe: his creations preferred to turn to the sources of pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk roots. The artist created a style well suited to the task that had been allocated, his political and social concerns and his willingness to teaching, and later (along with Rivera and Siqueiros) served in the Union of Painters and Sculptors, decorating with vast murals numerous public monuments, a clear sign that he wanted to be exemplary and vindictive, demanding a payment equivalent to the salary of any worker.

J.C. Orozco was, as an artist who chose the “political commitment”, an artist whose themes reflect the Revolution, with tormented force and unsurpassed expertise, tragedy and heroism that fill in Mexican history, but also attest to a remarkable penetration rates when it captures cultural or ethnic mosaic portraying his country.

Pictures of Jose Clemente Orozco murals at the Cabanas building in Guadalajara Mexico paintings muralsAfter returning to Mexico, between 1936-39, Orozco painted the Cabañas – among others – the mural “The People and Its Leaders” in the Government Palace, and the frescos for the Hospicio Cabañas considered his masterpiece. In 1940 – for the Gabino Ortiz Library in Jiquilpan Michoacan. Between 1942-44 – for the Hospital de Jesús in Mexico City. Orozco’s 1948 “Juárez Reborn” huge portrait-mural was one of his last works.

With the clear intention of being a plastic shell of the Revolution, José Clemente Orozco stood a monumental, deeply tragic for its content and topics related to historical events, social and political issues that had prevailed in the country, provided always from the disappointment and from a leftist perspective, extremely critical, but also for its style and form, by the stroke, the palette and the composition of his paintings at the service of a violent and wrenching expressiveness.

 His work could be framed in a fiercely expressionistic realism, the result perhaps of his contact with the Parisian avant-garde, despite his conscious rejection of the aesthetic influences of the Old World, his is an expressionism that is manifested in large compositions, which, by their geometric rigor and his strong hieratic characters, make us think, to some extent, in some examples of pre-Columbian sculpture. It should be noted here that Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros, the “Group of Three” as they liked to be called,  demanded a return to origins, to the purity of the Mayan and Aztec forms, the main feature of his artistic work.

To learn more about Jose Clemente Orozco and admire his master pieces
Join us for a Tour of Main Murals and Painings by J.C. Orozco

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Guadalajara Travel Guide

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Guadalajara Travel Guide

Visit Guadalajara2011A Tour of the most important monuments of the historic center, revealing the architecture, interiors, stories, and interesting sites that go unnoticed by the average visitors.

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Chapala and Ajijic Tour Recorrido turistico en Chapala Ajijic tourExplore the largest natural lake in Mexico, enjoy nature, excellent climate (¨The world´s second best¨ after Kenya) delicious ice cream typical chub (food), en route visit the Vicente Fernandez Ranch popular amongst nationals to see his largest collection of smallest ponny horses in the world. Admire Hacienda La Calera façade, home of a popular singer Joan Sebastian. Buy direct from your local expert from $490 MXP p.p. (7 hrs)


Guadalajara Travel Guide

Tlaquepaque and Tequila Distillery Tlaquepaque arts and craftsDiscover the process, development and secrets of tequila making. Hacienda Tlaquepaque been producing some of the best tequila in the industry since 1943, this makes it the oldest tequila factory in the Guadalajara area, the heart of the appellation of origin. Enjoy tasting tamarind margaritas, tequila tasting from blanco, reposado, añejo 100% agave. After these happy moments, ride for five more minutes to down town Tlaquepaque to experience the magic of mariachis at one of a dozen first class restaurants. Buy Direct online from your local expert from $490 MXP 6 hours aprox.


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Ruta del Tequila ToursRuta del Tequila tour, tequila trail tour We are in the birthplace of tequila. Be among the first to discover an archeological site with rounded pyramids dating back +2,000 years. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, we will walk on these ancient buildings before we move on to experience the magical town of Tequila visiting at least one tequila factory.

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Wonderful for the beauty of the Agave Fields.


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Tonala Tour:

Tonala tour, paseo turistico tonala, compra de artesanias guadalajaraPlace where the sun rises. The first church ever built by the first explorers was here in Tonala and Tlaquepaque, land of artisans and a shopping meca. We will visit several artisans working on with their magical hands and creativity. Street flee market is on Thursdays and Sundays.

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Fire Volcano Adventure

Experience the most active volcano in Mexico, the ¨magic zone¨ where it seems that the laws of gravity does not exist. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the deciduous forest. Bird watching is popular here ! Visit the typical town of Comala where writers like Juan Rulfo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote their great works of literature. Buy directly from your local expert from $990 MXP 10 hours Aprox.

 


Night clubs and Bars Tour
Night clubs Guadalajara mexicoExperience the Tapatio night life at the most popular clubs and bars in the Guadalajara city. Aboard our exclusive transport, Guadalajara´s nightlife never seems to end. We will have VIP access to cover and drinks included onboard. Visitors must be 18 or older to enter with ID.Buy directly from your local expert from $900 MXP 5 hours Aprox.

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Guadalajara City Tour

A Tour of the most important monuments of Guadalajara historic center, revealing the architecture, interiors, stories, and interesting sites that go unnoticed by the average visitors.

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After a drive through the old and modern residential areas of this beautiful city of Guadalajaracalled “The Pearl of the West”, and a panoramic tour of the Minerva Fountain, the Arches, the University of Guadalajara and the gothic Expiatory Church, we will arrive downtown, a historically significant portion of the city. Here we will visit the interiors of the magnificent colonial buildings like the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Degollado Theatre, the Tapatian Plaza and the Cabañas Art Institute, including the squares that surround the Cathedral of Guadalajara.

After a tour through the historical downtown area, we will again board our vehicle to continue to Tlaquepaque, the famous artisan village where old colonial mansions are now shops, perfect showcases for the large variety of Mexican arts and crafts.

Includes
– Bilingual tour guide
– Transportation
– Hotel pick-up

How to use Guadalajara Buses and Transportation System

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Travel Tips: How to use Guadalajara Buses and Transportation System

Macrobus

This is a relatively newer bus line, they are two buses joined together with air conditioner, this route runs only from North to South
Follows only one route (in blue) Bus ride is $6 Mexican Pesos (exact change only).

how to use buses in guadalajara mexicoTourists visiting Guadalajara, Mexico, using the public bus system might seem daunting, if not downright backward. While they are not always clear-cut, hundreds of defined bus routes run throughout the city and its surrounding towns like Tonala and Tlaquepaque. Learning to ride them is a cost-effective way to tour Guadalajara’s great expanse. It’s possible to purchase a guide to the bus routes, updated annually, at most magazine kiosks. Without prior knowledge of the city, however, you may be better off asking a friendly Tapatio which bus route will take you to your destination.

Keep the ticket the driver gives you. Every now and then, a company auditor jumps on the bus and asks to see all passengers’ tickets. Less often, a bus will have to stop for some reason because of a malfunction or the driver’s craving for a “torta ahogada,” and passengers are made to board another bus that is following the same route, allowing that they present the original ticket. There are seven so-called “luxury” bus companies that operate in Guadalajara (the Tur, Turquesa and Cardenal are examples). With air conditioning and upholstered seats, the coaches are a step up from city bus accommodations–but the fare is approximately double (10 Pesos)

Don’t get frustrated if a bus zooms past your frantically waving arm. The bus driver is often more concerned about getting through a yellow light than the inconvenience of stopping for yet another passenger. It might take a few tries to get one to stop for you. As mentioned above, the buses only stop for requests to board or get off. Stops are not announced, nor are they marked, so if you don’t know where to get off, you can ask the driver to indicate your stop or enlist the help of another commuter. Buses don’t run on a schedule, apart from the time of day the buses start (most before sunrise) and stop running (most around 10 p.m.). The Par Vial route, running from downtown to the Zona Rosa, requires exact change.

Find out which bus or combination of buses will take you to your point of destination. The buses, or “camiones” as they’re called in Mexico, go by different alphanumeric names and have distinct vehicle models according to their route. For this reason, it’s best to be absolutely clear whether you need to catch the 629-A vs. the 629-B (or 629-1, or -2, etc.), for example. Each route has a varies slightly according to its number and letter.

Wait for the “camion” at the bus stop. On main avenues, bus stops are indicated by street signs or benches. More commonly, there is no indication at all that a bus stop exists; that’s why it’s best to ask a fellow commuter exactly where the bus passes.

When you see your bus coming toward the stop, flag it down as you would a taxi. Buses stop only for passengers who are getting off or passengers on the street who wave their arm in the air–not for people standing idly on the corner.

Board the bus and pay after it stops. Bus fares are raised periodically, but all routes cost the same, except in the case of privately owned transportation companies (see Tips). Have pesos ready; hand them to the driver, and he will give you a small paper ticket. Exact change is not required, but drivers usually don’t accept big bills.

Find a seat, or in the case that no seat is available, grab hold of the closet railing and don’t let go. Protocol requires that the first passenger to sit in an empty row of seats occupies the aisle seat, and the second to arrive must make her way across to the window seat.

To get off the bus, press the “stop” button located on the railing near or just above the rear door. Do so with fair warning so the driver has time to pull over. Step down quickly and glance to your right, as some motorcycles and bikes choose to use the bus lane for lack of a better option.

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Tourismo Guadalajara MexicoGuadalajara is the second most populated city in Mexico 4.8 millions. The city was founded in 1542 and is a gem of Mexico. known as the ¨Pearl of the West¨ City the birthplace of Mariachi music and hat dance or jarabe el Tapatio is located 550 kilometers from Mexico City and 3 1/2 hours from Puerto Vallarta

Guadalajara is a safe city but just like in the rest of the world cities like Paris, Rome or Washing D.C., thiefs target tourists, be aware, travel with your licenced Tour Guide.  Your professional licensed tour guide should be able to spot an unsafe situation and knows better how to put you into safety.

Guadalajara Activity centers in down town, central city surrounded by historic buildings, parks, field museums, and of course the shopping centers are new. The strategic location that makes this location a perfect place to look at a piece of the city of Guadalajara. As far as the eye could see, which seems mostly old buildings, gray and brown, supported by solid and large pillars, and statues that adorned the head of the building.

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Guadalajara, Old buildings are to be contrasted with a modern shopping complex with a large glass and reflect light when the sun is highlighted, such is the case of Plaza Andares and Tlaquepaque Forum. Sights like this might just as well as a description of gems from the West who became the nickname of Guadalajara. Light sprinkling of new buildings, and the silhouette of old buildings are colored black, it looks like a gem, take a look at Riu Plaza hotel.

In Guadalajara , You can visit the museum-style neoclassical works of the famous Spanish architect Manuel Tolsa were originally built as houses for the poor, 400 orphaned and abandoned children until the 1980s. The Cabañas Art Museum is shaped high-rise buildings are loaded with the pillars outside the building and inside the building, with a dome-shaped roof which is equipped with a giant glass window. Explore the 23 patios that contain the beautiful artwork. Dome and the walls of the main chapel is full of murals Orozco’s work in 1938-1939.

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We continue the journey by visiting the Guadalajara Cathedral, located at the heart of down town Guadalajara, near the Palacio de Gobierno. The cathedral is a symbol of Guadalajara was built in 1561. Since ordained in 1616, this church has undergone renovation several times, and made with a variety of architectural styles.

Today, Guadalajara´s Metropolitan Cathedral with a tower 65 meters tall and is painted yellow is unique because it has a stylish mix of gothic, baroque, Moorish and neoclassical. The building we see today is actually the renovation in 1842, because the original building was destroyed by an earthquake.

At Liberty Plaza Liberación, overlooking the Cathedral there is Teatro Degollado, a theater built in the early 19th century. This Neoclassical-style building is decorated with reliefs of the god Apollo and the nine fairy. In it there are many very beautiful murals. In this place every Sunday at 10 am Ballet Folklórico performances are held by the students Gaudalajara University. And in seasons, the theater was holds Jalisco Philharmonic performances.

Guadalajara Tourism is also famous for Tequila, Mexico’s traditional liquor

Guadalajara is also famous for Tequila, Mexico’s traditional liquor. That’s why in almost all bars and entertainment venues in Guadalajara always available a Tequila with a variety of levels. One of the most famous is the Tequila Sauza that can be taken about a half hour drive from Guadalajara. This place, besides being the largest Tequila production in Mexico, also become tourist attractions. Travelers can see how it is processed and of course are welcome to taste.

Guadalajara, Another place you can not miss is the Mercado Libertad, the largest market in Guadalajara. In this crowded place you could see the carriage horses, mothers who shop a variety of needs with using tan straw hat and a big round wicker baskets to fill with the groceries in hand.

The goods are marketed, locally known as San Juan de Dios, in addition to meat and vegetables, as well as clothing, leather goods and traditional mariachi hats. Not to forget there are many restaurants serving various types of cuisine. Starting from the cuisine of Mexico to the Asian dishes.

Guadalajara tourism and safety in Mexico

Guadalajara is a safe city but just like in the rest of the world cities like Paris, Rome or Washing D.C., thiefs target tourists, be aware, travel with your Tour Guide. Your professional licensed tour guide should be able to spot an unsafe situation and knows better how to put you into safety.

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