Today’s post comes from Brittany Cassandra, the #rcgrossfoundation ‘s Collections and Programs Manager. We will be sharing from our staff every Friday.
“Federico Castellón (1914-71) is one of the most significant artists in the Foundation's collection, but not as well-known as many others. Often visitors mistake his work for that of Salvador Dalí’s (1904-89) since Castellón was a Surrealist as well. Castellón was a self-taught, immigrant artist whose career was launched after painting a mural for his high school. The mural was seen by prominent Mexican muralist painter Diego Rivera (1886-1957), who introduced Castellón to the gallery that gave him his first solo show.
Chaim Gross and Castellón became life-long friends through doing work for the PWAP (Public Works of Art Project) and WPA (Works Progress Administration). There are over 25 pieces in the collection by Castellón. One of the highlights of Castellón's work is “Heavenly Kiss,” 1939, which portrays a large nude woman puppeteering another nude female and large red lips in the sky. If you get closer to the painting, there are smaller scenes with intricate details which show the skill level of this amazing draughtsman.
Also shown in this post are details from “Bird Fantasy,” 1936-51, oil on canvas and “An Isolated Moment of Mystery in the Ruins of the Tyrant’s Grounds,” 1938, graphite on paper, which is one of my favorite works on the third floor.”
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