Visiting Museo De Antioquia, Medellin Colombia
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Horizontes (1914) by Francisco Antonio Cano
In 1914, Francisco Antonio Cano painted what would become one Colombia’s most emblematic artworks, Horizontes. In the painting, a young peasant couple sits on hilltop: the woman cradling a baby in her arms and the man is holding an axe and pointing to the unknown land in the horizon. It is a monumental gesture Cano paints, the colonial dream of opening a new agricultural frontier through hard work that will provide the foundation for a prosperous future.
Horizontes (1997) by Carlos Uribe
The work of Carlos Uribe Horizontes, 1997 is an appropriated version of Cano’s Horizontes, developed by digital media and printed on canvas. The reference Cano’s Horizontes, is strengthened, not only because it retains its title, but even the same signature and date. Now, however, Uribe updated Cano’s emblematic painting by adding a plane in the horizon spraying illicit crops. Carlos Uribe takes the entire burden of meaning that maybe discovered in Cano, not to refer to the past but to raise the dramatic problems of the present.
Both paintings are part of the permanent collection in Museo De Antioquia. Although they are not in the same collection.