During Louisiana's Spanish Colonial period only a singular artist's name emerges, that of Jose Francisco Xavier de Salazar y Mendoza (mid-1700's-1802).
In 1782 Salazar immigrated to New Orleans from his native Mérida in the Yucatán Peninsula. For twenty years he made a visual record of the city's leading citizens, military and political figures in an artistic style that has frequently been compared to Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828).
Salazar survived yellow fever epidemics and hazardous city conditions, including the 1788 fire that destroyed most of the city and left his family homeless.
With about 70 extant paintings attributed to him, Salazar's paintings provide a unique historic glimpse into life in a difficult colony.
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Judith Bonner is Senior Curator & Curator of Art at The Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has published widely on Southern art and art criticism.
For more than twenty years Bonner compiled an annual bibliography on art and architecture of the South published in the Southern Quarterly. She has taught at Xavier University of Louisiana and the United States Air Force Academy. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the Collection and the New Orleans Museum of Art. After Katrina she curated eight exhibitions drawn from the permanent holdings of the Historic New Orleans Collection and the NOMA.
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