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José Agustín Arrieta, Mexican, (August 29, 1803–July 23, 1874)

Creation date: ca. 1870
Creation place: Mexico

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Dean and Mrs. Michael H. Dessent and the Latin American Arts Committee
Accession Number: 2001.17
Dimensions: 26 1/8 in. x 36 in. (66.36 cm x 91.44 cm)
Currently on view


Private Collection, Mexico, D.F. ( - 2001)

Sotheby's, New York, New York (May 31, 2001 - August 1, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 1, 2001 - )

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José Agustín Arrieta was trained at the Academy in Puebla, Mexico at a time when many academic painters in the country favored dramatic historical narratives and sweeping landscapes. Arrieta’s work, however, follows the nineteenth century costumbrista tradition, an artistic practice developed by foreign artists that placed an emphasis on traditional and regional material culture. Arrieta took ownership of this tradition and made it his own, creating incisive images that portrayed both the people and the products of their own country. In this work, Arrieta portrays chilies, avocados, and plantains, all foods associated with Mexico. Like many of Arrieta’s still lifes, this work demonstrates his extraordinary attention to detail and evokes the domestic world of the emerging middle classes in Mexico in the second half of the 19th century.
Last Updated: 9/15/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Homenaje Nacional: José Agustín Arrieta, 1803–1874 Museo Nacional de Arte , 8/1/1994 - 10/31/1994

Modern and Contemporary , 12/21/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of the Americas San Diego Museum of Art , 12/23/2013 - 00/00/00

Genre and Myth The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/13/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Latin American Art Sotheby's. New York, New York, May 31, 2001
Page Number: 14, 15, Figure Number: 5

Effraín Castro Morales. Homenaje Nacional: José Agustín Arrieta, 1803–1874 Museo Nacional de Arte. Mexico D.F., 1994
Page Number: 175, 261 no. 96, Figure Number: 96

Ms. Claudia Leos. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 206, Figure Number: 206

Margarita de Orellana. Artes de Mexico Agosto 2016
Page Number: 54, Figure Number: 54b

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