This work has been requested for the upcoming exhibition of the artist's work being held at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, April 2009.
Acquired from the artist by the previous owner (circa 1963)
Private Collection, Mexico City
Alice Rahon came to Mexico in 1939 with her husband, German painter Wolfgang Paalen at the invitation of Diego Rivera. Paalen, César Moro and André Breton organized the groundbreaking 1940 International Surrealist exhibition held at the Galería de Arte Mexicano which included works by Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Victor Brauner, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Salvador Dalí, Rene Magritte, Wassily Kandinsky, Oscar Domínguez, Matta, Alberto Giacometti, Frida Kahlo, Hans Bellmer, Marcel Duchamp and André Masson. The Paalens soon became an active part of the émigré Surrealist artist group which fled Paris at the start of World War II, taking refuge in Mexico City.
Rahon had been a published poet in Paris and once in Mexico, she began to paint, developing an abstract lyrical style which combined primitive signs in landscapes infused with a playful spiritual quality reminiscent of Joan Miró and Paul Klee. Rahon and Paalen were later divorced and Rahon remained in Mexico City, immersing herself in the energetic artistic community there that included Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna.
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