Mexico City: Editorial Atlante, 1945. First edition. Hardcover. 1/1000. Elephant Folio. 18 x 13". 16pp. + 21 plates of serigraphs. Beige cloth portfolio, with blue and black illustrations and lettering on the front cover. This is #548 of a limited edition of 1000, hand numbered and signed by Carlos Merida. The publication is a series of 25 loose multi-color serigraph plates depicting various types of traditional and indigenous clothing styles from around Mexico. The illustrations depict the cultures of many different states in Mexico, including Oaxaca, Chiapas, Jalisco and Veracruz. The plates are acompanied by a text giving introduction to the collection, index of the plates, and a section describing and giving context. Each plate is numbered and titled underneath, includes a stamp with the artist's name at the bottom right corner, and measures approximatley 17.5 x13". Plates #1, 2, 14 and 19 are missing. Text in Spanish. Porfolio with some sunning and light staining to the front cover, with some rubbing and bumping to extremities and along the hinges of the flaps. Original string ties worn and torn, but present. Interior with some light wear and sunning inside the covers and to the flaps. Text insert with light sunning and some smudges. Creasing to the bottom right corner of the first few pages. Light age toning along the edges of the plates. Images unaffected. Portfolio in good, inteior in very good- condition overall. g to vg-. Item #42747
Carlos Mérida (December 2, 1891 – December 21, 1985) was a Guatemalan artist who was one of the first to fuse European modern painting to Latin American themes, especially those related to Guatemala and Mexico. He was part of the Mexican muralism movement in subject matter but less so in style, favoring a non-figurative and later geometric style rather than a figurative, narrative style.