Rico Lebrun in Mexico
This exhibition, Rico Lebrun in Mexico, focuses attention on the period when Lebrun moved to San Miguel de Allende in 1952 to teach art at the Instituto Allende. There a new generation of Mexican artists was introduced to and inspired by Rico Lebrun, who distinguished himself not only as a painter and compelling draftsman, but also as a formidable muralist. His most widely known monumental scale works are the Crucifixion triptych, completed and exhibited at LACMA in 1950, now in the permanent collection at Syracuse University, NY, and Genesis, a mural completed in 1960 at Pomona College.
In Mexico, Lebrun found a landscape and a people that resonated with the color, drama and passions he had grown up with in his native Naples. Capturing everyday life and scenes in the town and marketplace, Lebrun painted vivid tableaus combining strong, dynamic lines, semi-abstract figuration and dense compositions, often incorporating collaged elements. Included in the exhibition are selected drawings which exemplify Lebrun's expressive style and rarely seen monumental scale paintings and collages, including Mexican Street in the Rain, shown in LACMA's 1967 touring Lebrun retrospective exhibition.