Friday, July 31, 2015

Julio Ruelas

La Domadora
oil on cardboard
15 × 19 cm
other detail unknown

Julio Ruelas (1870-1907) was a Mexican graphic artist, painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He is one of the precursors of modernism in Mexico and the most important representative of symbolism in that country. He was noted for creating etched images depicting his own face, incorporating black, twisted lines to give an impression of being tormented. He was the principal illustrator of the Revista Moderna magazine. This publication was extremely influential in disseminating the aesthetic of Latin American symbolists. A number of his works are on display at the Museum of the City of Mexico and in the Zacatecas museum.

Born in Zacatecas, but he lived in Mexico City from 1876. Around 1892, he departed for Germany, where Romanticism would profoundly influence his drawings and prints, the most important element of his work as an artist. He returned to Mexico in 1895 but spent the last three years of his life in Paris where he died from tuberculosis.