MEXICAN, 1915-2000
Oil on canvas
Lower right signed and dated: Gerzso / 53; verso inscribed: Gerzso /53; verso label: GALERIA DE ARTE MEXICANO, Milan 18, Mexico. D.F./ GUNTHER GERZSO / OLEO sobre tela /1953 / PRESAGIO / #38

Born in 1915 Mexico City in 1915 to Hungarian-Jewish and German immigrants, Gunther Gerzso spent much of his youth with his art collector uncle in Switzerland, immersed in the worlds of fine paintings and the theater. Gerzso began painting professionally in the 1950s, and his style would evolve significantly throughout his lifetime. Describing himself as a "European with Mexican eyes," Gerzso was influenced by both European modernism and the culture and natural beauty of pre-Columbian Mexico. "I am a great admirer of this country - of its culture and landscape - that is what influences my painting," Gerzso said, as recorded in Diana C. Du Pont's 2003 biography, Risking the Abstract. Gerzso's earlier works are notable for their intricate geometry and distinct sense of space. "I consider myself a realist painter: I paint landscapes of the spirit, of the mind," Gerzso said. "It is a psychological realism, an image of a spiritual state."

  • Galeria De Arte Mexicano, Mexico until 1956; purchased by Sidney Josephs, Ohio and by descent; The Estate of Nina W. Josephs
    1955 The Third International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
    Galeria De Arte Mexicano, #38 (see exhibition label on verso)
    Please note this is not part of the estate of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Dimensions:
  • 39 1/2 x 32 in. (100.33 x 81.28 cm.), Frame: 41 3/8 x 33 5/8 in. (105.09 x 85.41 cm.)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • Condition:
  • This work is in good condition.
    There is no visible inpaint under uv black light.
    There are two areas of paint loss from a surface scratch. see online jpeg
    There is a splatter of house paint in the lower right corner. see online jpeg
    There is a small area of paint loss in the upper left corner next to the frame.

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