A FRAME FOR "PICTURING MEXICO: RAMOS MARTINEZ IN CALIFORNIA"

  • January 19, 2014 23:03

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"La Iglesia de Texcoco" by Mexican modernist Ramos Martinez
Photo: Don Milici

One of the paintings currently on exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is philanthropist Dwight Stuart’s "La Iglesia de Texcoco" by Mexican modernist Ramos Martinez. It is remarkable not only for the subject matter. but also for the hand carved frame that surrounds the canvas.

The frame was created by Bernard Vandeuren, one of the country’s leading archival framers.  Bernard Vandeuren’s legacy will be meticulously researched and crafted frames, such as the one in this Martinez art exhibition, which he and his team of artisans create and produce for priceless paintings owned by today’s collectors and museums and sold by high profile dealers. 

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In the case of the Martinez painting, Vandeuren was inspired by a 17th century Italian dome-shaped frame that he purchased from an auction house in Europe.  The frame’s original sculptural elements and iconic symbols could be used to reflect Martinez’ own creative depiction of modern day Mexican life seen from the time Martinez spent in Los Angeles (1926-1946).    

“I set out from the beginning of this project to complement the painting’s subject of the tiers of Mexican citizens,” explained Vandeuren.  “My team of craftsmen spent eight months carving, gilding and applying a custom blended gold leaf finishing from France to the frame to achieve a masterpiece worthy of Martinez’ painting.” 

Martinez is considered the “father of Mexican Modernism” and was a contemporary of Diego Rivera and Vandeuren’s design for the frame, conceived as a counterpoint to the subject of the painting, uses key protagonists in the same way that the painter does in this painting. In fact, Vandeuren’s team carved each person appearing in the frame to mimic the flat, broad style that Martinez used to paint each person on his canvas. 

Each side of the frame reinforces the message that Martinez is portraying the painting.  The bottom portion of the frame, for example, is dense with peasants and other citizens in bondage. To the left and right sides of the frame, members of the clergy are intertwined with bandits, demonstrating the power and influence the clergy exert on the population. The domed portion of the frame illuminates a utopian vision of Mexican society with beautiful women decorated with magnificent calla lilies.

Bernard Vandeuren, originally from Belgium, founded Vandeuren Galleries in 1999 in Los Angeles near the Pacific Design Center with the goal of becoming one of the country’s leading framers by using old world techniques for carving and gilding along with other framing materials free from acid and bleach.  Today, Vandeuren’s business has grown to handle frame projects around the world for major celebrities, collectors, dealers and museums with a team of highly trained artisans in his atelier. 

www.vandeuren.com

 

 

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