Biography

Carlos Mérida Bio English

Tropical Poem, ca. 1920

watercolor on paper

11 1/8 x 18 3/4 inches 
 

(Guatemala, 1891-1984)

 

Carlos Merida is one of Latin America's pioneer Modernists. Merida studied painting in Paris between 1908 and 1914, where he met Picasso, Modigliani, and others of the Paris school. He initiated the first pro-Indian art movement in the Americas, seven years before the rise of Mexican Muralism. Although Merida assisted Diego Rivera on his first murals, 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.

Artworks

Carlos Merida

Carlos Merida

Untitled, 1966

gouache

15 x 13.5 inches

Carlos-Mérida-Winter

The Four Seasons, Winter, 1981
crayon and graphite on paper
7 1/2 x 6 inches (image size)

Carlos-Mérida-Spring

The Fours Seasons, Spring, 1981
crayon and graphite on paper
7 1/2 x 6 inches (image size)

Carlos-Mérida-Summer

The Fours Seasons, Summer, 1981
crayon and graphite on paper
7 1/2 x 6 inches (image size)

Carlos-Mérida-Autumn

The Four Seasons, Autumn, 1981
crayon and graphite on paper
7 1/2 x 6 inches (image size)

Carlos-Mérida-Ángel-en-el-cefiro

Ángel en el cefiro, 1979
mixed media, ed. 74/100
39 x 28 1/2 inches

Carlos-Mérida-El-Conjuro

El Conjuro (The Enchanter), 1962
petroplastic on polished parchment
28 x 23 1/2 inches

Carlos-Mérida-Three-Figures

Three Figures, 1927
watercolor and ink on paper
10 x 7 1/2 inches (image size)

Carlos-Mérida-Mujeres-con-velas

Mujers con velas (Women with Candles), 1925
pochoir (stencil) hand colored
9 1/2 x 8 inches (imge size)

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