Roberto Montenegro, MEXICO [source]
Homosexual artist Roberto Montenegro (1880-1968) felt constrained by his social milieu to refrain from painting overtly homosexual works. He did, however, make sly references to sexuality. The themes closest to his heart had to be coded into his paintings and murals. For example, his El arból de la vida(1922) has a scantily clad figure with a highly androgynous appearance reminiscent of depictions of Saint Sebastian.
Montenegro was highly regarded for his eclectic approach and his ability to work in several media. His drawings of the great dancer Nijinsky (1919) for London publisher Cyril Beaumont exhibit a draftsman’s skill equal to that of Aubrey Beardsley whom he greatly admired.
(The top picture is not Montenegro, but fellow painter Gabriel Fernandez Ledesma)
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