Carlos (Karl) Nebel (German, 1805-1855) Vista general de Guanajuato 52 x 70 cm. (20½ x 27½ in.)

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Lot 200
Carlos
(Karl) Nebel (German, 1805-1855)
Vista general de Guanajuato 52 x 70 cm. (20½ x 27½ in.)

Sold for £ 26,400 (US$ 33,102) inc. premium
Carlos (Karl) Nebel (German, 1805-1855)
Vista general de Guanajuato
oil on canvas
52 x 70 cm. (20½ x 27½ in.)

Footnotes

  • Attracted by Baron von Humboldt’s visit and subsequent publications on South America, many artists started to arrive in Mexico, among them a young German called Carlos Nebel.

    Nebel visited Mexico from 1829 to 1834, and having completed his journey through the Northern, Coastal and Bajío regions of Mexico, as well as visiting Mexico City and Puebla, he returned to Paris. He then asked Humboldt if he would write the prologue to his publication, the Baron complied and wrote of the naturalist feeling, the aesthetic nature and the archaeological interest of the work, he also praised the extreme dedication of the German explorer.

    Nebel’s main objective in his work was to inform the public of the different natural and artistic aspects of Mexico, which he called "Atica Americana" and his Romanticist style comes to the fore in his images of Mexican daily life. Here the people are not real; rather, they are the classical types seen in ancient European art. However, these images are very useful for knowing and understanding different aspects of daily life in Mexico during the first decades of the 19th century

    Guanajuato is located in the very centre of Mexico about three and half-hours from Mexico City and is noted for its colonial architecture. The word Guanajuato means "hill of frogs" in the indigenous language, because the local Tarascan Indians believed that the frog represented the god of wisdom.

    A version of the current work was lithographed by Emile Lassalle, with figures added by Lehnert and then published in C. Nebel & A. von Humboldt,Voyage Pittoresque et Archeologique dans la partie la plus interessante du Mexique (Lemercier & Miahle, Paris, 1836). The group of rancheros in the foreground of this composition also appears as a separate lithograph in the same publication.
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