La ofrenda

An aboriginal family is seen here on a river punt on the waters of one of the canals near the city, carrying cempasuchil flowers to decorate their altar to dead family members, and thereby observe the tradition of the Day of the Dead. Through the presence of a baby, a young girl, middle-aged and elderly people, Saturnino Herrán makes reference to the theme of life and death and of the life-cycle, a favourite topic of Symbolist-inclined end of century art.

Saturnino Herrán (1887 - 1918)
Museo Nacional de Arte. INBA. CONACULTA
oil on canvas
© Museo Nacional de Arte. INBA. CONACULTA

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