The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Book Reviews

guidance. Later Paris would replace Madrid, even into the twentieth
century. But just when sophisticated Paris was adopting impressionism,
when only the esoteric was acceptable and both artistic, suddenly the
European-trained Mexicans rebelled. Life was bursting all about them,
sometimes in directions they liked, sometimes in directions they de-
tested, but whatever was happening, the present was galvanic. It must
be recorded through the eye of the artist-pain, bloodshed, gored
children, ravaged women, oppressed peones. Much of the world was
horrified at this storytelling in a modern art that had renounced such
activities, but the Mexicans painted boldly on. As other portions of
the world also threatened to come apart at the seams, the outraged
artistic world began to decide that the Mexican muralists had some-
thing to say after all, so that in the mid-twentieth century the Mexican
suffers the pangs of popularity.
The book is a wonderful, almost incredible means of understanding
the Mexico that is so much a part of our own heritage. With some-
thing like one-seventh to one-tenth of us Southwesterners being of
Mexican derivation, we need to know all we can about the mother,
Mexico, that has helped shape us. Here is a grand, complete place to
acquire a huge portion of that understanding.
My own quarrel with the book is minor and personal. I would have
put the Orozco mural of Miguel Hidalgo brandishing his torch, which
dominates the stairway in the Palacio de Gobierno in Guadalajara, in
fiery color. Of all the Mexican murals which have haunted me, and
many of them have, this is the one that won't ever quite go away. In
black and white it just is not the same.
University of Texas JOE B. FRANTZ
The Horsemen of the Americas and the Literature They Inspired.
By Edward Larocque Tinker. Introduction by Thomas F. Mc-
Gann. Austin (Published for the Humanities Research Center
by the University of Texas Press), 1967. Pp. xviii+ 150. Illus-
trations, bibliography, index. $1o.oo.
Originally printed in Spanish in 1952 by the Editorial Guillermo
Kraft Limitada, Buenos Aires, as Los Jinetes de Las A mdricas y la
Literatura por ellos inspirada, and in English (1953) by them for
Hastings House, New York, this title has been out of print since 1961.
Although emphasizing the Argentine gaucho, the book also has

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