This drawing was donated to the museum by Mrs. Malcolm McBride, a Cleveland-based collector who developed an interest in Latin American art before it became popular in the United States and often bought directly from artists.
After studying in Paris, Carlos Mérida relocated to Mexico and began to create watercolors depicting the rural, indigenous people of his native Guatemala. This drawing shows one such subjects—a group of women at work in a rocky landscape. The artist uses flat areas of color and simple forms influenced by Cubist art he studied in Europe. Mérida hoped to develop a new audience and an appreciation for his native culture through such modern images.
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