Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000)
- Gunther Gerzso
- signed and dated 68 lower right
- oil on masonite
- 25 1/2 by 19 3/4 in.
- 65 by 50 cm
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Hennique, Mexico City
Thence by descent to the present owner
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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.