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Thomas Chambers : Molino del Rey with Chapultepec in the Distance
Thomas Chambers (Molino del Rey with Chapultepec in the Distance)

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Artist: Thomas Chambers
Title: Molino del Rey with Chapultepec in the Distance
Year: c. 1850
Media: Oil on canvas, 22 x 29 3/4 inches
Description: Working in obscurity during his lifetime, Thomas Chambers' works gained recognition in the twentieth century through a rare signed painting titled “Constitution” and the “Guerriere,” which put a name to his boldly expressive and flamboyant style. All of his works are marked by a naive style with bold color, rhythmic shapes, and strong contours. Chambers considered himself primarily a marine painter but his landscape paintings--usually based on tiny black-and-white print reproductions from books--seem to have been his most lucrative work.

Chambers found inspiration for a series of images of Mexico from the war that followed the United States’ annexation of Texas in 1845, as illustrated lithographs, etchings and engravings of the war were of great interest. This piece depicts the aftermath of a major victory by American forces at El Molino del Rey outside Mexico City in September of 1847. In the background is Chapultepec Castle and surrounding buildings which have been used as a Military Academy, an Imperial residence, a Presidential home, observatory, and presently, the National Museum of History.


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