Today’s Doodle celebrates “Dr. Atl,” born Gerardo Murillo in Guadalajara in 1875.
In a time of revolution and renaissance, Murillo greatly influenced Mexico’s political and cultural identity. He was an activist, artist, writer, journalist, and overall cultural leader.
Murillo pioneered the idea of artistic nationalism. To show his pride in his Mexican heritage, he took on the name “Atl,” meaning water in Náhuatl. He worked his entire life to promote Native Mexican culture, writing extensively on folk art, music, and dance.
Murillo loved nature, and in volcanoes, he found his greatest inspiration. He frequently hiked to Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, living and painting on the volcanic slopes for weeks at a time. In 1943, he witnessed the birth of Paricutín and documented the experience in his book Cómo nice y creche un volcán, el Paricutín (How a Volcano Is Born and Grows – Paricutín).
For his contributions to the artistic and cultural heritage of Mexico, he was awarded the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor and the National Arts Award.
Today’s Doodle, by artist Julian Ardila, depicts Murillo painting one of his beloved volcanoes.
¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Dr. Atl!