Carlos Merida Guatemalan, 1859-1984


Merida in 1951 is mid-career and beginning in the 1940’s had taken an interest in recording dance costumes and dance postures.  Merida is an important artist as he is really an International artist who connects ties from Guatamala to Paris to Mexico to the United States.  He traveled to Europe from 1908 to 1914 and spent considerable time in Paris.  Here he associated with artists such as Picasso and Modigliani, Camarosa and Van Dongen.  This is important as his time spent here contributed to the formulation of his own style.  Merida was a sponge and he soaked up Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism and probably the work of such artists as Goncharova and Leon Bakst.

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