Cuban Art News

Jose Manuel Acosta, cover for Social, Feb 1929 courtesy MNBA

Laboratory, Incubator, Source:  Cuban Drawing & Graphic Design of the 1920s and ’30s

Museo Bellas Artes in Havana

A show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes considered drawing and graphic design–specifically, magazine covers–of the 1920s and 1930s as source and inspiration for the painting and sculpture of that era.


Marcelo Pogolotti,    Aquí se trabaja para nada, 1931


Arístedes Fernández, Manifestación con banderas rojas     Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana


Cuba, poster by Raúl Martínez, 1968 


Wait, how did this poster get into an exhibition of work from the 1920s and 30s?  “Hey, now let’s donate it to Miami !”

Those rascally commies!


Eugenio Rodríguez, Mujer con cinta      Courtesy Viñas-Gil Collection


Carlos Eníquez, Las tetas de la guajira        Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana

Hmm..   here we find proof that the Revolution occurred just in time to save both art and  gender relations.



4 thoughts on “GRAPHIC HAVANA

  1. LOVE this period of graphic art…my daughter has given me a calendar this year of posters fro this period too, and I wonder what I wiil do with all these gorgeous pics when we get to the ed of the year…
    So good to see your blog back again… keep ’em coming…

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    1. Thanks Valerie, I love this period too, although I can’t claim any expertise. I love the fact that this art was primarily displayed on magazine covers, the kind the general public read. It’s interesting to see that during this period, Cuban graphic art was developing in the same manner seen in the US and Europe, and that such a tiny, impoverished nation maintained a tradition of high artistry – that endures!


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