This catalogue of forty of his most pertinent works forms a collective portrait of Spanish colonial New Orleans and situates Salazar within an extended community of transnational North American artists. Salazar’s corpus evokes the shifting geopolitical scene of the so-called Spanish borderlands via his likenesses of diverse patrons and his amalgam of European, Spanish colonial, and Anglo-American painting styles and traditions. His works are considered in the context of late-eighteenth-century portraiture from Europe, New Spain, the West Indies and North America by artist such as Goya, Jose Campeche, Agostino Brunias and Charles Willson Peale. Salazar’s oeuvre is further considered in relation to works by other early New Orleans portraitists such as Francois M. Guyol de Guiran and Louis Collas, whose careers are reflective of the city as a site of mobility and transatlantic artistic exchange.
Cybele Gontar, Editor, is a doctoral candidate in American art at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and former Pre-doctoral Fellow of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (2014-2015).