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La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

A work made of oil on hardboard.

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  • A work made of oil on hardboard.

Date:

1948

Artist:

Gunther Gerzso
Mexican, 1915–2000

About this artwork

Born in Mexico to a Hungarian-German-Jewish family, Gunther Gerzso spent his earliest years in Mexico and Switzerland. His intricate abstract works, like Lost City, show the dueling influences of European Cubism and Pre-Columbian art. Of his interest in ancient indigenous objects he once said, “I guess this could sound ridiculous because my mother was German and my father Hungarian. What did I have to do with Pre-Columbian art? And yet I was attracted to it in a tremendously emotional way….I can’t explain it: I felt that I had something in common with the artists who had created these objects. And I also told myself, I live in Mexico….Why don’t I make something that belongs to this country?”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Gunther Gerzso

Title

La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

Origin

México

Date

1948

Medium

Oil on hardboard

Inscriptions

Dated upper left: 'Mayo 1948' and signed lower right: 'Gerzso'

Dimensions

55.9 × 71.5 cm (22 × 28 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman

Reference Number

1980.283

Extended information about this artwork

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