The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The universe of the Guatemalan painter and printmaker Carlos Mérida
(1891-1984) was full of echoes, of shapes, patterns, colors, peoples, civilizations
long disappeared. He followed the echoes wherever they led, from music into
painting, from Guatemala City to Paris, from Paris to Mexico City. He was
a friend of Picasso, of Modigliani, of Kees van Dongen. He worked briefly
with Diego Rivera on a mural, but even then he knew he preferred easel painting
to mural painting. He is ranked with Tamayo and Matta as among the greatest
of the Latin American artists. In the end, his life was like the circle of
the dance: his end was in his beginning, his beginning in the long disappeared
Maya peoples who had once lived in his native land. In Paris, he had heard
a music known to none and it was from that that he developed the unique style
that is the offspring of ancient-American and modern-European art.
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