59
59

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

José María Velasco
(1840-1912)
EL VALLE DE MÉXICO DESDE EL CERRO DE SANTA ISABEL
Estimate
275,000325,000
LOT SOLD. 269,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
59

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

José María Velasco
(1840-1912)
EL VALLE DE MÉXICO DESDE EL CERRO DE SANTA ISABEL
Estimate
275,000325,000
LOT SOLD. 269,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary

|
New York

José María Velasco
(1840-1912)
EL VALLE DE MÉXICO DESDE EL CERRO DE SANTA ISABEL
signed and dated 1884 lower left
oil on canvas
17 5/8 by 25 1/8 in.
44.8 by 63.8 cm
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

This lot is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity signed by Maria Elena Altamirano Piolle and dated March 2014.

Catalogue Note

José María Velasco, Mexico’s foremost nineteenth century landscape painter, came to international prominence during his lifetime by organizing travelling exhibitions of his large scale panoramic views of the Valley of Mexico throughout Europe and the United States. Velasco, like many of his contemporaries, such as the American painter Albert Bierstadt, charged the public entrance to his painting exhibitions where his epic landscapes transported the viewers to exotic lands in the days when photography was in its infancy. Velasco participated in the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris with sixty-eight works and was awarded a gold medal. He also exhibited at the Chicago Columbian Exhibition of 1893 where he also won high praise for his paintings.

El Valle de Mexico desde el cerro de Santa Isabel is one of Velasco’s most iconic subjects. It is a grandiose view of the valley of Mexico with the city in the center right, the lakes which have mostly disappeared in the twentieth century, and the majestic volcanoes the Iztaccihuatl and the Popocatepetl on the left of the painting. A monumental version of this composition is in the collection of the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City.  There are also a few smaller versions, of which the present painting is one, which were commissioned by private clients.

Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary

|
New York