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Pablo O’Higgins at The Dolores Olmedo Museum
A selection of etchings by artist Pablo O’Higgins is presented at The Dolores Olmedo Museum on a temporal exposition.
Most of the paintings works, of a very carefully and finely exhibited collection, at The Dolores Olmedo Patiño Museum are Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo works.
The works of Pablo O’Higgins are initially linked to Diego Rivera. Based on a brief biography review, very kindly supplied by this museum, Pablo O’Higgins, who was living in San Diego California, found Diego Rivera’s paintings at “The Arts” magazine showing photos of mural “The Creation” that Rivera had painted at the Preparatory National School. This painting that was so different to the European painting impressed O’Higgins who wrought Rivera to congratulating him. Diego Rivera then invited him to Mexico.
In Mexico O’Higgins initiated helping Rivera who, by that time, was painting the murals at the Secretary of Public Education and in the Agriculture School of Chapingo.
O’Higgins remained in Mexico. His experience and his social and economic vision of this country influenced his work. He belonged to the League of Revolutionary Writers and Artist and to The Popular Graphic Workshop and remained close to the Mexican Communist Party.
He was a sawhorse painter, a muralist and an engraver. In his work, in Mexico, stand out the murals that he painted at the Abelardo L. Rodríguez Market; those at the Emiliano Zapata School and at Michoacan and; “Indian Wedding” , “Tarahumara Landscape” and “God of Fire” at the National Museum of Anthropology, among others.
In the United States he painted: “The fight against of racial discrimination” at the Ships Keels Cleaners Union in Seattle, Washington; “The Solidarity among the members of the ILWU” at the International Longshoremen Working Union, from Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 1961 the Mexican nationality was granted to him on grade of privileged. Through his lithography he offers his view about Mexico in which it is found his closeness with the working classes, peasants and Indians on their activities at its resting moments.
Pablo O’Higgins died in 1983, receiving honors from the Mexican government, at The Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City.