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    La Viejita
    2005 Acrylic on canvas (40' x 30')
    Combining a Viejito mask with the Chavez
    Marion, (another fine calendar artist), Pin-up
    appealed to me as a way to exemplify the core
    theme of this ancient dance. In the Dance of the
    Viejitos youngsters masked as old ones mimic
    the movements and mannerisms of old age
    before breaking into energetic dance steps, to
    the amusement of the audience. The dance is
    one of the best known in Mexico. It is primarily
    performed by the Tarascan Indians of Michoacan
    during Christmas and New Years', thus betraying
    its Pre-Columbian origins. The shortest day of
    the year in December once filled people with
    dread. Elaborate ceremonies were carried out in
    order to halt the sun's southerly progress and
    restore its waning power. The Dance of the
    Viejitos is all that remains of this concern. The
    dancers demonstrate that new life and energy
    can spring from the old and recognize the
    inevitability of life's cycle from birth to death and
    renewal. They are evidently successful, for the
    days begin to lengthen and new growth emerges
    from the earth again. The dance was dedicated
    to Huehueteotl, the God of Fire and the
    personification of life after death, who was
    portrayed as a bent, smiling old man.

    La Viejita
    2005 Acrilico en tela (100cm x 75cm)
    Combinar una máscara de Viejito con este
    retrato de una modelo de Chavez Marion,
    (otro buen artista de calendarios), me
    pareció una manera de mostrar el tema
    central de esta antigua danza. En la danza
    de los Viejitos, jóvenes con máscaras de
    viejos hacen mímica de los movimientos y
    amaneramientos de los viejos antes de
    cambiar a pasos de baile enérgicos, para
    entretenimiento de la audiencia. Esta
    danza es una de las más conocidas en
    México. Primordialmente es ejecutada por
    los Indios Tarascan de Michoacan durante
    las Navidades y el Año Nuevo, así pues
    traicionando sus orígenes pre-Colombinos.
    El día más corto en Diciembre en una
    época llenaba a la gente con temor. Se
    realizaban elaborados esfuerzos para
    detener el progreso del Sol hacia el sur y
    devolverle su menguante poder. La danza
    de los Negritos es todo lo que queda de
    esta preocupación. Los bailarines
    demuestran que nueva vida y energía
    pueden surgir de lo viejo y reconocen la
    inevitabilidad del ciclo de la vida desde el
    nacimiento hasta la muerte y la renovación.
    Evidentemente tienen éxito, porque los
    días empiezan a alargarse y nuevos brotes
    surgen otra vez de la tierra. El baile estaba
    dedicado a Huehueteotl, el dios del fuego y
    la personificación de la vida después de la
    muerte, el cual era representado como un
    viejito encorvado y sonriente.

    Provenance / History of This Item:

    This artwork is hand-painted in acrylic on Masonite. It is a framed original. AS SEEN in the Book 'Magic Faces, Caras Magicas' written by Michael P. Earney. It has been displayed in multiple art galleries and has had many articles written about the work.

    Listing Number: 2738188299

  • Subject:
    People
    Style:
    Realism
    Medium:
    Acrylic
    Image/object size (inches):
    40 (height)
    30 (width)
    0 (depth)

    NOTE:

    The above image is an estimate of the size of the image/object compared to an average person. Box will only show a max 70 inches height x 70 inches width.

La Viejita Acrylic on Masonite, framed original woman

La Viejita
Earney, Michael

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Utopia, United States

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