The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales - A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico
by Maurice Dixon (9780806151373)

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales - A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico
 
Maurice Dixon
Format: Hardback
Pages: 268
Category: General
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806151373
ISBN-10: 0806151374



Higinio V. Gonzales (18421921) was more than a gifted metalworker. A man of varied talents whose poems and songs complement his work in punched tin, Gonzales transcends categorization. In The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales, Maurice M. Dixon, Jr., who has spent more than thirty years studying New Mexico tinwork, describes the artists signature techniques. Featuring translations of Gonzaless poetry, this book restores a long-forgotten New Mexican innovator to the prominence he deserves. Recounting the scholarly detective work that revealed the full scope of Gonzaless art and career, Dixon tells the story of a craftsman who was also a poet. He begins with Gonzaless first signed literary work, a handwritten birthday poem decorated with beautifully drawn flowers and birds, dated 1889, and then pieces together the artists life and career. Through meticulous research into manuscripts and the dates of tin cans that Gonzales repurposed into elegant, fanciful frames, niches, sconces, and religious decorations, Dixon identifies as Gonzaless numerous pieces of poetry and tinwork once attributed to anonymous poets and artists. His most important discovery served as a Rosetta stone: an ink wash and watercolor drawing in an ornamental tin frame (housed at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos), whose documented provenance helped Dixon to identify Gonzaless other artwork. More than 100 photographs of Gonzaless tinwork and more than a dozen translations of the artists poetic and musical works punctuate the narrative. Both a catalogue raisonn of a hitherto little-known artist and an anthology of his writings, this book reconstructs the creative life of a long-overlooked talent, one whose q

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