La Vuelta del Malon – Angel Della Valle.
Angel Della Valle painted the famous La Vuelta del Malon in 1892. Translated into English it means: Return of the Raiders. It is a very large panoramic painting and it immediately captures your imagination. No wonder it is one of the main attractions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. This painting is also one of my favorites. When I have an opportunity to visit the museum, I often stand there and admire it.
Return of the Raiders.
This is one Angel Della Valle´s most famous paintings and very important in the Argentine history. I have mentioned earlier that it is a very large panoramic painting. You need at least 20 minutes to absorb all the details. In the scene you see a group of Indians riding on horses. They have obviously plundered a settlement because you can see suitcases, a cross and other items. Maybe it was a Christian settlement or village. One of the Indians have a bare breasted woman on his horse. Her skin is very pale and in stark contrast to that of the rider. She carries a small cross over her bosom symbolizing her Christianity.
I have to point out, that if you don´t know anything about the history of Argentina, then this painting might not mean a lot to you. That is quite understandable. Sadly this part of the history of Argentina is often overlooked. Argentine General Julio A. Roca, led a campaign called “Campaign of the Desert“. Many Indians were slaughtered during this time in the Pampas. In fact, many estancias around Buenos Aires, were built to aid in the slaughtering process.
La vuelta del Malon was clearly propaganda to justify the campaign of General Julio A. Roca.
La Vuelta del Malon is a powerful painting with a lot of detail. The painting was acquired by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1909.