Scripps College commissioned Alfredo Ramos Martinez in 1946 to create a mural in its extraordinarily contemplative Margaret Fowler Garden called “The Flower Vendors,” his most ambitious project.
Martinez, not as well known today as his contemporaries Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros, was considered by some “The Father of the Mexican Muralists.”
From the Scripps website: “He sketched in the entire composition on the plaster wall, which is over 100 feet long, and then began work on several panels. Unexpectedly, he became ill and died on November 8, 1946 at the age of 72.”
There are still some beautiful panels, and even the sketched-in ones are fine. I mean, this reproduces rather well, considering it was taken with my phone camera.
Now I have to go find the Orozco at Pomona College, which the art writer Rita Pomade has this amazing thing to say about: “In the late 1920s, he painted a fresco mural at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Today it’s considered on a par with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Rome. In my opinion, Orozco was the best of the three great muralists, and one of the best painters of all time.”