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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

E. Grace Ward


Everyone interested in visiting Mexico should familiarize himself with its arts and crafts, for it has been truly said that "art is the expression of life,"1 and the whole Mexican civilization is inextricably interwoven with its arts. It is the purpose of this thesis, not to exhaust the subject treated, but rather to present the art of Mexico in such a way that students o f the subject, or prospective tourists, may feel the tremendous interest which Mexican arts warrant; that they may have a clearer view of the background, the civilization, both past and present, of our "next door neighbors," the development of which has produced these varied arts and crafts; and finally, to provide some guide, some criteria for the judgment and the selection of the best that Mexican art offers at the present time.

I have drawn freely upon my own experience in traveling in Mexico in the hope that the reader may become aware of some of the highlights of the situation as it appears to the art student; that more people may become aware of the fascinating possibilities of travel in this nearby country which is not only easy and inexpensive to reach, but which holds forth a definite promise of delight to any visitor; and finally, that the reader may realize that civilization is playing a jig-tune in Mexico, and that, before many years have passed, much of the romantic appeal of the country as it is now will undoubtedly be dispelled in the web of industrialism.





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