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Juan O'Gorman (1905-1982)
Juan O'Gorman (1905-1982)

Consumatum Est

Juan O'Gorman (1905-1982) O'Gorman, J. (Mexico) Consumatum Est signed and dated 'Juan O'Gorman 1942' lower right and inscribed with title upper right tempera on masonite 20.7/8 x 23in. (53 x 59cm.) Painted in 1942
Acquired from the artist
Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, Latin American Art, Nov. 1983, lot 147 (illustrated in color)
Window South Collection, Menlo Park
Private collection, Mexico City
R. Flores, Cinco pintores mexicanos, Mexico, 1957
A. Luna Arroyo, Juan O'Gorman, Cuadernos Populares de Pintura Mexicana Moderna, Mexico, 1973, p. 487 (illustrated)
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, The World of Frida Kahlo, Mar.-May, 1993. This exhibition later travelled to Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Jun.-Aug. 1993, p. 208, n. 93 (illustrated in color)

Lot Essay

Juan O'Gorman was a true believer of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. As such, he dedicated his artistic life to the pursuit of the consolidation of the Escuela Mexicana. He studied and collaborated with Diego Rivera, Jos Clemente Orozco and other Mexican masters, thus developing his own style of fantastic or mystic realism, with compositions filled with eccentric images depicting an ideal or apocalyptic world.

O'Gorman was a skilled draftsman and his works fully illustrate his talent. The high attention to detail and the fine quality of the line is a constant in his compositions. Likewise, the use of perspective and the way he renders some of the images clearly demonstrate his architecture training.

Consumatum Est is a fantastic landscape with an acute lyrical sense. In it, he depicts an apocalyptic city not unlike the Romantic renderings of Salvatore Rossa with classical architectural ruins and dramatic skies. It also makes reference to the incredible paintings by Jeronimous Boch. In both artist's work there is a fantastic world inhabited by creatures sending the viewer moral messages. O'Gorman's sublime style appears to be addressing his Mexican people about change and other liberal ideals that were supported by the Mexican revolutionaries.


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