Dancers of Tlaxcala (Danzantes de Tlaxcala)
Carlos Mérida ( Guatemalan, 1891 - 1984 )
Remote inner voices began to reclaim me. . . .The sense of abstraction I inherited from the Mayas took shape in me with clarity and precision. —Carlos Mérida This lively painting evokes dance and movement through the rhythmic patterns of colors and shapes.Though abstract, two figures can be distinguished.The work draws upon the artist's lifelong fascination with dance and music, especially that of Guatemalan and Mexican folklore. In addition, Mérida also befriended American dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille while he was teaching in Denton, Texas, and founded the School of Dance at the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico City.