Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Jose Maria Velasco Gomez

Patio del Exconvento de San Agustin
other detail unknown

Jose Maria Velasco Gomez (1840-1912). born in Temascalcingo, was a 19th-century Mexican painter who made Mexican geography a symbol of national identity through his paintings. He was one of the most popular artists of the time and received many distinctions such as the gold medals of National Expositions of Bellas Artes in 1874 and 1876, etc.

He worked as a clerk in a clothing store while studying at the College of Santa Catarina Lancasteriano Martyr, where he showed love for drawing. In 1855, he entered the Academy of San Carlos and joined the class of landscape given by an Italian painter. In 1868, considered one of the greatest landscape painters of the nineteenth century, he was appointed Professor of Perspective. In 1889 he was commissioned by the Government of Mexico to head the delegation to attend France taking paintings of various authors, to be exhibited at the Universal Exposition in Paris, with which the centenary of the French Revolution was commemorated. In 1893 attends the Chicago World's Fair, the exhibition with which the fourth centenary of the discovery of America was celebrated. Today the Government of the State of Mexico presents an award for artistic merit in his name to painters born in that state.