The San Diego Museum of Art explores the development of Latin American landscape art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in a current exhibition.
“Romantic Views: Mexico at the Turn of the Century” is on view at The San Diego Museum of Art and showcases over 30 works from the museum’s permanent collection. A number of beautiful lithographs are noteworthy features from the show. In 1836, Carl Nebel traveled from Germany to Mexico and thereafter published Scenic and Archaeological Trip to the Most Interesting Part of Mexico, an insightful travelogue that acquired acclaim in Mexico after the text’s translation into Spanish. The publication included over 20 hand-colored lithographs, among them the stunning “Women of Puebla,” circa 1836.

Carl Nebel, “The Mantilla,” after 1836, lithograph, The San Diego Museum of Art

Also displayed within the show are works by photographers William Henry Jackson, Charles B. Waite, Abel Briquet, and Huge Brehme, who documented the Mexican landscape as it evolved as a result of modernization and, per the museum, emphasized “the richness of the natural resources of Mexico with the purpose of attracting foreign investors. These traveler artists left behind an extraordinary body of work illustrating the nature and geography of Latin America.”

Huge Brehme, “Penon de Patio 1409,” ca. 1920, gelatin silver print. The San Diego Museum of Art

“Romantic Views: Mexico at the Turn of the Century” will be on view through August 16.
To learn more, visit The San Diego Museum of Art.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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