Description of the artwork «The rodeo»
he painting represents a rural world lost due to the advance of modernization, in the words of La Tribuna, "the old uses and customs of our campaign disappear from day to day." This moralizing message is consistent with the genre of rural customs, even more so when its historical aspects were represented. Pueyrredón was ideologically a man from Buenos Aires, politically active during the proto-state autonomy as soon as he arrived in Buenos Aires in 1854. Furthermore, in the same year 1861, he made the portrait of Bernardino Rivadavia, one of his few historical portraits, and a year later Following is the sketch for his only attempt at a history painting: Solemn Oath of the Argentine Flag by the army of Gral. Belgrano (currently in the Enrique Udaondo Museum Complex, Luján). Both Rivadavia and Belgrano were founding heroes in the liberal discourse of the State of Buenos Aires and, particularly, of the historiographical work of Bartolomé Miter. In other words, the representation of the past is a strong motivation in these first years of the 1860s, which crosses the different pictorial genres: manners, portraiture and history painting.