Boy Carrying Water, c.1945-1955
Framed without glass
Signed Lower Right
21 ¾ x 27 5/8 inches (55.2 x 71 cm.)
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Gustavo Montoya was a pivotal figure to the Mexican Neorealism movement. Forced to hide as a child during the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s, due to his family’s ties with the defeated government, his artistic practice would be substantially impacted by the political and cultural struggles of that time. Montoya is mostly known for his portraits of children in regional traditional Mexican clothing. As a Mexican muralist, he spent most of his lifetime painting street scenes in Mexico and its inhabitants.
Boy Carrying Water is among his best-selling works, featuring a posing boy carrying two jars of water on his shoulder. Montoya’s still, smooth and simplistic figurative lines usually contrast with lively and eye-catching colors found in Mexico's popular imagery. This painting is a neat example of his preference towards impoverished and working-class subjects, portraying the authentic social fabric of the Mexican community. Montoya is internationally acclaimed for his historical and social depictions of the Mexico of his time.