A contemporary and friend of Diego Rivera, artist Saturnino Herrán (1887–1918) died young and never really achieved much recognition, though he has been dubbed “El más pintor de los mexicanos y más mexicano de los pintores“ (“the greatest painter of the Mexicans, and the most Mexican of the painters“). Born and trained in Aguascalientes, it wasn’t till his family moved to Mexico City in 1905 that he met Rivera. His breakthrough came in 1910 during the Centennial Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence Day – Herrán organized an exhibition of work that incorporated indigenous Mexican as opposed to European artistic traditions, a radical idea at the time. Herrán is best known today for his naturalistic and dignified paintings of Mexican indios, but he also designed stained-glass windows, book illustrations, and near the end of his life, murals. Visit the Museo de Aguascalientes to sample his work.

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