Benito Messeguer

Benito Messeguer (1930-1982) The Dark Corner of the Dance Hall Oil on Canvas 1950s

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To find an equivalent to this astonishing Mexican artist one would have to pick Georg Grosz with his scabrous watercolors of Weimar decadence, or, going back even further, Pieter Breughel. What he shares with Breughel is the rough love that infuses this outrageous painting of a man and a woman having public sex cheered on by the onlookers, all drunk. The table loaded with bottles tells the story… the hilarity, even the obscenity of the scene is entirely permeated by a complete acceptance and understanding of the human condition. An extraordinary work in every way.

Canvas 27″ x 35″, frame 32″ x 41″.

Benito Messeguer (b. October 27, 1930 – d. October 19, 1982) was a Mexican artist  born in Spain best known for his murals, which continued much of the work of the Mexican muralism movement. His work was recognized with a tribute at the Palacio De Bellas Artes shortly before his death and membership in the Salón de la Plástic Mexicana.


Messeguer was born in Mora de Ebro, Tarragona, Spain (Catalonia) During the Spanish Civil War, his family (which supported the Second Spanish Republic) left his hometown to live in Barcelona , where he studied painting under Enrique Assad. In 1944, when he was fourteen, the family moved to Mexico and when Messeguer became an adult, he obtained Mexican citizenship. In Mexico, he furthered his artistic studies at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”, a student of Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco who strongly influenced his work.

He died of leukemia in Mexico City at age 51.

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