This painting by Rugendas shows the smoking crater of the volcano de Colima as it was during the first scientific expedition to the summit of the volcano. It results from the major explosive activity of 15 February 1818 , a VEI 4 eruption that produced pyroclatiques flows and significant ash emissions, reported up to 440 km of the eruption site. (GVP)
Rich in color and dramatic contrasts style, a brush stroke in the impressionnistic way and characterized by movement, the play of light, sensationalism and monumentality of his compositions ... which makes comparing his work to that of Delacroix. (The Biography)
These paintings of Colima are part of a rich set of illustrations relating to Mexico and other Latin American countries.
They are works of Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858), a German artist, descendant of a famous family of Augsburg engravers After having a first contact with the Americas, as rapporteur and illustrator of Baron Langsdorff to Brazil, he returned to Europe from 1825 to 1830, when he traveled to Italy, France and England ... with an intention, raise funds to create a work depicting America in all its aspects.
In 1831 he arrived in Mexico, where he remained three years, during which he traveled in different regions, and participates in the transition to a conspiracy against the President, Don Anastasio Bustamante ... which earned him the prison and his expulsion from the country.
Lake Zapotlan and Nevado de Colima. - By Johann Moritz Rugendas
He traveled then to Chile, where he made the best of his work and in Peru, before returning in 1846 in Europe.
His comments and notes, classified by geographic, his illustrations of archaeological and colonial monuments, as well as numerous portraits during his stay in Central and Latin America earned him the adjective of "Humboldt of painting" in America.
They will be edited to share in his book "Mexico: Landschaftsbilder Skizzen und aus dem Volksleben."
- Global Volcanism Program - Colima
- The link- Biography of johann Moritz Rugendas -