Jos Quintana Garca advocates recovering the figure of Jos Hurtado de Mendoza – La Provincia

Jos Quintana Garca advocates recovering the figure of Jos Hurtado de Mendoza - La Provincia

The House Museum Tomás Morales de Moya hosts on January 31, at 7:30 p.m., the conference entitled José Hurtado de Mendoza in the critical decade, through which the Cuban historian and journalist José Antonio Quintana García, will approach the figure and work of Hurtado de Mendoza (1885-1971), painter, illustrator, caricaturist, contemporary set designer of Tomás Morales (1884-1921) and Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (1887-1938).

Quintana García will formulate in his speech an analysis of the figure of Hurtado de Mendoza framed, above all, in his active participation in the cultural and political life of Cuba during the dictatorship of Machado between the 20s and 30s.

"Nephew-grandson of Benito Pérez GaldósBecause he was the grandson of his sister Carmen, Hurtado's biography is full of errors or aspects not too well known, such as the one that points, depending on the sources, that was born in Trinidad or in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, when the reality is who was born in Madrid according to information that works in my power and that comes from his own brother, "says José Antonio Quintana, who believes that the figure of this multidisciplinary artist is worthy of being recovered and put into value.

The Quintana García conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. with free admission until full capacity is reached in the museum located in the municipality of Moya.

Antonio Quintana García started a tour of the Canary Islands in La Palma with his reflections on this canary, nephew-grandson of Benito Pérez Galdós, who faced the Machadist dictatorship in Cuba. The biographical semblance of this one; the characteristics of the Critical Decade; the participation of Hurtado de Mendoza in the different artistic areas in which he was active and which include his illustrations in the police magazine Fantoches, the first of these characteristics published in Cuba "and from which I bring a copy", will be some of the aspects that the Cuban historian and journalist will address at the Tomás Morales House Museum.

Multidisciplinary artist

Born in 1885, Hurtado de Mendoza would live, due to family circumstances, his first years in Trinidad but being his parents deported by the colonial government, he would return to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

He would start his artistic studies in Spain and then he will complement them in Paris and the United States. He makes personal exhibitions of his work and participates in numerous group exhibitions, among which the Ibero-American Exposition of Seville in 1929 stands out, where he obtains the Gold Medal and the Grand Prize.

His foray into the political caricature would be through his Siboneyes Tales that whipped the Machado regime, competing in Karikato Y Week with the mythical Fool of Abela.

His humorous drawings represented the primitive Cuban natives commenting on a political-social situation that was not pre-Columbian and quite explosive. Also significant was the presence in the drawings of a dog-luckily they were mute then-, which they called Mabuya (Satan, in the Taino language).

José Antonio Quintana is taking advantage of this conference tour to also present his book Chronicle of a killing with impunity where he reconstructs the events and analyzes the media treatment that the tragedy received about the kidnapping of Colonel Enrique Pina, by three Canarian day laborers, which was cataloged as "the most sensational of creole banditry".

This fact provoked an atrocious massacre on the part of the repressive bodies of the regime of Gerardo Machado, legal arbitrariness and ill-intentioned coverage of the Cuban press.


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