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Carlos Mérida Guatemalan 1891-1984

Lot 90

Untitled, 1978

Mixed Media on amate paper mounted on board

23" x 15.25"

Signed and dated Carlos Mérida 1978, lower middle

$20,000 - $40,000

SOLD: $30,000

Carlos Merida was born in Guatemala and studied at the Instituto de Artes y Artesanias in Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango. From 1908 to 1914 he lived in Paris and traveled through Europe.  He then moved to México where he became active in the Mexican mural painting school. In 1927 he abandoned his figurative style to become one of México’s first non-figurative artists. His later works formed a link to the Mayan world with his geometric elements and integration of indigenous "papel amate" (barkwood paper) into his paintings.

Although Merida assisted Diego Rivera on his first murals in Mexico City, his true artistic direction is more closely identified with Rufino Tamayo. Like Tamayo, Merida rejected large-scale narrative painting, in favor of the more intimate charms of easel painting. Both artists shared a desire to fuse European Modernism with forms and subjects specific to the Americas. Merida's painting has three major stylistic shifts: a figurative period from 1907 to 1926, a Surrealist phase from the late 1920's until the mid-1940's, and a geometric period from 1950 until his death in 1984.   Untitled, 1978 is an example from his latter geometric period and is a strong example of his use of color and shapes indicative of his work.