From the 1910s to the 1960s, after the political and social unrest of the Mexican revolution, art and graphic design were used as a tool to create a shared vision of a united Mexico. Artists including Diego Rivera, Saturnino Herrán and Carlos Mérida created works that would adorn posters, stamps, books, magazines, tourist guides and postcards. A new book, Mexico: The Land of Charm (RM Publications, £30), brings together 350 such artworks, celebrating the country’s rich history of art and design as well as the bicentenary of Mexican independence from Spanish rule.
“The book gathers illustrations and prints that represent ‘what is Mexican’,” says its author, Mercurio López Casillas. “They are recreations of a heavenly and colourful idealised Mexico, inhabited by people who are always happy.”