Lot 50
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Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000)

200,000 - 300,000 USD
300,000 USD
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  • Gunther Gerzso
  • Naranja-verde-azul
  • signed and dated 68 lower right 
  • oil on masonite


Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Hennique, Mexico City
Thence by descent to the present owner


Mexico City, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Moderno, Gunther Gerzso: Pinturas, Dibujos, March-April 1970, no. 5 


Rita Eder, Gunther Gerzso: El Esplendor de la Muralla, Mexico, 1994, no. 101, p. 139, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"Gunther Gerzso. Rumor has it that he is our best abstract painter. That is quite true, but it is not the whole story. He is one of the great Latin American painters."
Octavio Paz
Price and Meaning, 1963

A key figure of Mexico's avant-garde, Gunther Gerzso rose to prominence in the mid-1950s as a pioneer of non-figurative art. Gerzso's preference for the square - the most archetypal of design elements - reflects his understanding of ancient cultures and is particularly related to the belief in the four cardinal points or cosmic regions of the universe--a highly significant and recurrent symbol among Pre-Columbian cultures. Whether painted in isolation or as a group, the quad is an integral repository of meaning, operating as a unifying force in Gerzso's abstract landscapes. 

Naranja-verde-azul is indicative of Gerzso's mature work, a distinctive style of geometric abstraction characterized by the synthesis of Cubist formalism and Constructivist ideals along with his lifelong passion for Pre-Columbian architecture and mythology. The present painting is an exemplary work; an ancient labyrinth of irregular overlapping planes which transform themselves into "veiled" illusory spaces executed with unrivaled mastery.