Gunther Gerzso: The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943 – 1946

As part of Master Drawings New York 2015, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art will exhibit an original sketchbook by Gunther Gerzso, drawn in 1943-46 when the young artist was strongly influenced by the circle of Benjamin Péret and the European artists exiled in Mexico during the 1940s.

The book presents a striking record of Gerzso’s close ties to the Surrealists in Mexico, including Wolfgang Paalen, André Breton, Remedios Varo, César Moro and Alice Rahon. Their interest in pre-Columbian art became the foundation for Gerzso’s eventual style, a version of geometric abstraction inspired by the landscape and ancient culture of Mexico.

This notebook consists of 54 original drawings done by carbon transfer, some augmented with India ink, frottage and colored pencils. In addition there is an actual drawing done on carbon paper, which was discovered in the artist’s studio along with the sketchbook. This is the first time these works have been exhibited to the public.

Master Drawings New York runs from Saturday January 24 through Saturday January 31. Visit Master Drawings New York or call the gallery for hours. There is an opening at the gallery on January 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The Gerzso exhibition continues at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art through February 20, 2015.

The following is a selection of drawings from the surrealist sketchbook