The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 22, 2024

Guatemalan Women

Guatemalan Women

(Guatamalan, 1894–1985)
Sheet: 27.4 x 39 cm (10 13/16 x 15 3/8 in.)
© VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?-1957
    Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 14-August 2, 2020).
  • {{cite web|title=Guatemalan Women|url=false|author=Carlos Mérida|year=1930|access-date=22 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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