JUAN MINGORANCE / MID 20TH CENTURY
Poetic poise, wandering expression, and candid contemplation are beautifully captured in Juan Mingorance's 'Dancers.' A devoted artist and teacher, Mingorance painted a variety of subjects, but this piece notably showcases his mastery of Costumbrismo—an art movement depicting local daily existence, characteristics, and traditions in Spain and Latin America during the 19th and 20th centuries. Although scenes are rooted in commonplace and ordinary aspects of daily life, the expression in this piece emits a heavy sense of emotional connection to the artistic customs of the subjects. 'Dancers' provides a valuable historical record and cultural snapshot of the daily lives and traditions of Mexican artists at the time.