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The Three Princesses

Artist
Carlos Mérida, Guatemalan (active Mexico), 1891–1985
Date
1955
Material
Lacquer, casein on parchment, laid down on laminated wood
Made in
Distrito Federál, Central America, México, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 212
Dimensions
16 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (41 x 32 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.
Rights
© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City
Object Number
167:1959
NOTES
In this composition, intersecting lines create an irregular grid of triangles, curves, and unique shapes. These colorful components form the bodies and clothing of three female figures. Artist Carlos Mérida advocated a type of abstraction based on the bold, geometric patterns, and vibrant colors of Maya textiles and other Indigenous Latin American arts. Mérida, a Guatemalan artist who lived much of his life in Mexico, sought to establish a uniquely American form of abstract art in conversation with contemporary European artistic developments.
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