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MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS (1904-1957) "Juan de Grijalva." Illustration of the Mexican conquistador published in Bernal Di'az del Castillo's The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico 1517-1521, edited By Genaro Garcia (New York and Mexico: The Limited Editions Club, 1942). Pen and ink on paper. 135x150 mm; 5 1/2x5 1/4 inches, image, on 10x7 3/4-inch paper. Initialed "MC" in lower right image.
Throughout his career, Covarrubias maintained a scholarly interest in underrepresented and marginalized cultures, choosing to illustrate works about Harlem (where he lived in the 1920s and `30s) and its renaissance, Bali, and Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec, among others. Di'az Del Castillo's sixteenth-century account was a book that he had wanted to illustrate for years--The Covarrubias Circle: Nickolas Muray's Collection of Twentieth-Century Mexican Art. Edited by Kurt Heinzelman; curated by Peter Mears (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004).
Exhibited: Galeria Central de Arte Moderno Misrachi, Mexico, with label on separate backing board.