Canal de Tláhuac con el Iztaccíhuatl al fondo (The Tlahuac Canal with the Iztaccihuatl Volcano in the Distance)

The afternoon light revealed through the shadow of the young oarsman serves as a pretext for bringing together in a single scene a number of defining elements of the countryside around the Valley of Mexico, which are: the archetypal, white-clad aboriginal person, the Tlahuac canal, the snowy slopes of Iztaccihuatl, and the Mexican willow trees typical of the canals in the south of the city. The depiction of these elements and their elevation to mythical status sprang from the need, in the years following the Revolution, to struggle against the established paradigm, that of Western culture. Mexican identity was thus forged in images which later degenerated into banal stereotypes.
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