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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



Platanal

Myrna Báez, 1974

acrylic on canvas
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jaime Fonalledas, 2013.21

acrílico sobre tela
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación de Jaime Fonalledas, 2013.21


Báez focused her gaze on a lush field of plantain trees, a crop long wedded to concepts of Puerto Rican identity and sovereignty. She depicted the crop’s large leaves as they reflect the tropical sun and delighted in her manipulation of paint on unprimed canvas. Báez’s belief in Puerto Rican independence manifests in her impulse to look, depict, and therefore possess the island’s landscape on her own terms.
Báez enfocó su mirada hacia un exuberante platanal, un cultivo largamente vinculado a los conceptos de identidad y soberanía de Puerto Rico. Representó las grandes hojas del plátano reflejando el sol del trópico y se deleitó manipulando la pintura sobre el lienzo crudo. La fe de Báez en la independencia de Puerto Rico, se manifiesta en su impulso para observar, describir y, a su manera, tomar posesión del paisaje de la isla.






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