CARLOS MÉRIDA (1895-1984) Madre Terra 27 7/8 x 21 5/8 in (70 x 55 cm) (Painted in 1970)

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Lot 58
CARLOS MÉRIDA
(1895-1984)
Madre Terra 27 7/8 x 21 5/8 in (70 x 55 cm)

Sold for US$ 25,000 inc. premium
CARLOS MÉRIDA (1895-1984)
Madre Terra
signed and dated 'Carlos Merida 1970' (lower center); signed, inscribed and dated 'MADRE TERRA CARLOS MERIDA 1970' (verso)
gouache and incised petroplastic on paper
27 7/8 x 21 5/8 in (70 x 55 cm)
Painted in 1970

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  • Provenance
    Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City.
    Kurt and Diana Berci Collection, Mexico City, acquired from the above on 7 November 1970.
    Private Collection, New York (by descent from the above).
    By descent from the above to the present owner.

    Carlos Mérida's mature work draws strongly on his links to European Modernist and Abstract traditions but filters them through his own Guatemalan and Mexican heritage. The present work overtly references his native soil, but the influence of pre-Columbian monumental art is further evident not only in his iconography but in his use of innovative painting techniques. The present work showcases his distinctive use of incised acrylic paint, known as petroplastic, which produces a unique texture and is deeply evocative of carved Maya structures. The glowing central disk responds to the complex and important relationship of the Maya people with the sun.
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