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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.




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?”


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Contemporary Art


Gunther Gerzso


La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)


Mexico (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on hardboard


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


55.9 × 71.5 cm (22 × 28 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman

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