Monday, July 20, 2015

German Gedovius

Baroque Nude
oil on canvas
116.0 x 206.3 cm
Museo Nacional de Arte,
National Museum of Art, Mexico City, Mexico

German Gedovius (1867-1937), born in Mexico City, was a Mexican painter. At the age of twenty, he was sent by his father to Germany for his studies, and also to receive medical treatment at clinics specializing in the treatment of deafness since birth. He recovered successfully after a year, and he began to speak, learning German. He moved to Munich, where he learned to draw at the Royal Academy and started his painting classes in Germany. He supplemented his learning by visiting several museums in Europe, especially in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Italy.

After living in Europe for eleven years, he returned to Mexico in 1893. In 1903 he was awarded a teaching place in the Academy of fine arts and was given the arduous task of make that institution better-known in the Mexican art world. He taught chiaroscuro, color, and composition beginning in the first decade of the 20th century. Among his students are Angel Zarraga, Diego Rivera, Alberto Garduno, and Maria Izquierdo among others. He continued teaching classes, both in the Academy and in a private Studio until shortly before his death.