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Art in Embassies Mexico
December 9, 2022

Gerardo Murillo "Dr. Atl"

“Dr. Atl” was a painter and writer who was one of the pioneers of the Mexican movement for artistic nationalism.  He dedicated a good part of his work to the representation of volcanoes.  His attraction to them led him to witness the birth of Paricutin (1943); and published the book “How a volcano is born and grows, the Paricutin” (1950).  He is the author of “Popular Arts in Mexico” (1921), “Churches of Mexico (1924), and “Secular People in the Convent” (1950), among other works.  His remains rest in the Roundabout of Illustrious Persons in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

El Maizal (Milpa Seca), 1955

Oil on Masonite, 33 7/16 × 52 3/16in. Courtesy of Fomento Económico Mexicano (FEMSA)