Gunther Gerzso Paintings

Paisaje Espejismo, 2000, 28 1/2 x 23 3/4 in., Latin American Masters. photo: Francisco Kochen

Estructura en gris y rojo, 1964, oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 15 in., Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York

Mansión del Agua, 1965. oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 39 7/16 in., Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art

Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000) was a Hungarian-Mexican painter, sculpture and designer. His initial works during the 1940's were influenced by surrealism but he later turned to abstraction.

When you try to look into one of my paintings, you'll always run into a wall that keeps you from going any further. It will stop you with the brilliance of its light, but at the back there's a black plane; it's fear.  (Gunther Gerzso to Rita Elder in El esplendor de la muralla, 1994)

Blanco-Azul, 1969, oil on  masonite, 21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in., Sotheby's (sold for $97,000 in 2008)

Azul-Verde-Amarillo, 1969, oil on masonite, 13 x 21 5/8 in., Tresart Gallery, Florida

Untitled, 1963, oil on masonite, 19 3/4 x 24 in., Christie's (sold for $100,900 in 2008)

Paisaje Verde No. 1, 1969, oil on masonite, 23 3/4 x 31 7/8 in., Sotheby's (sold for $78,000 in 2004)

Estructuras Verdes, 1964, oil on canvas, 40 1/4 x 18 1/4 in., Sotheby's (sold for $230,500 in 2010)

Legendary Landscape (Azul y Naranja), 1964, 23 3/4 x 32 in., Sotheby's (sold for $77,675 in 2002)

Paisaje, 1957, oil on masonite, 43 1/4 x 25 5/8 in., Sotheby's (sold for $620,800 in 2006)

Paredes Blancas, 1962, oil on masonite, 18 1/8 x 24 1/8 in., Christie's (sold for $40,250 in 1999)

Untitled, 1958, oil on canvas, 16 x 12 in., Christie's (sold for $79,000 in 2008)

Na-Bolom, 1993, etching printed in color, image 35 1/4 x 48 in., Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, New York

Personaje en Rojo y Azul, 1964

Tlatoani, serigraph, 29 1/2 x 21 3/4 in., Latin Art Antique, Texas (for sale)

Estela Blanca, 1950, 26 x 19 in., oil on masonite, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil

World renowned artist, set designer and writer, Gunther Gerzso was born in Mexico City on June 17, 1915. His father was a Hungarian immigrant and his mother was German by birth. He was introduced to art as a teenager when he was sent to live in Switzerland with his uncle, who was an art collector, dealer and historian. While there he met noted set designer Nando Tamberlani, who introduced him to the theater. In 1931 Gunther returned to Mexico City to live with his mother. Having been influenced by Tamberlani, he began designing sets and in 1935 was offered a scholarship to study at the Cleveland Playhouse in the United States. During his time as a set and production designer he began painting as a hobby and didn't consider himself a "painter" by profession until his work was selected for an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  In 1941 he and his wife returned to live in Mexico City. In 1944 Gunther joined a group of surrealist painters (who came to Mexico to escape the war in Europe), whose influence clearly shows in his works from this period. It wasn't until later that he began producing his famous abstracts. 

Gunther's paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of major museums throughout the world. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and  the Premio Nacional de Artes y Ciencias in 1978, the highest artistic distinction awarded by the Mexican government. He lived in Mexico City until his death on April 21, 2000.

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