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Cuban Art Carlos EnríquezCarlos Enríquez
Period: The Vanguard
1900 - 1957

Paisaje
Landscape, 1943
oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches

Carlos Enríquez was born in Zulueta, Cuba in 1900.
His formal artistic training was scant, yet he had a college education and was an avid reader. In 1918-19 he took painting classes while in high school at the Escolapios School in Guanabacoa and in 1924, after graduating from Business School in Philadelphia, he briefly attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Enriquez lived in New York, Paris and Madrid before he returned to Cuba in 1934 and, like the other vanguard artists, the reencounter with his native land provided the catalyst for his mature style and his commitment to express Cuban realities and myths. Using a personal visual language of fluid lines, overlapping color forms, and dynamic figure compositions, he represented the Cuban countryside, its inhabitants, and folklore. Poor peasants, heroic legendary and historical figures, sensual women, restless horses, and windy landscapes of palm trees and rolling hills are the main characters and setting for "creole ballads" of confrontation, eroticism, and conflict. In the 1940s, Enriquez's style moved toward expressionism as his palette became brighter, his brush strokes visible, and his distortion of forms more prominent. Enríquez died in Havana, Cuba, in 1957.

 
 

Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Caballos en Combate
(Horses in Combat)

Carlos Enríquez
1953
ink on paper
15 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
01780



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Calibán
(Carlos Enríquez's Dog)

Carlos Enríquez
ca. 1953
oil on canvas laid down on board
7 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
03650



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Carga al Machete
(Charge with Machetes)

Carlos Enríquez
ca. 1953
crayon on paper
15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
C3023



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Dama en Carrusel
(Woman on Carousel)

Carlos Enríquez
1956
crayons and pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches
00760



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Desnudo de Mujer
(Female Nude)

Carlos Enríquez
1948
ink on paper
23 x 17 inches
C0418



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Las Comadritas
(The Girlfriends)

Carlos Enríquez
1954
gouache on paper
18 x 14 inches
00050



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Lirios Tricolores
(Tricolor Lilies)

Carlos Enríquez
1942
oil on board
19 x 13 inches
00087



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez
Mulatto Woman Under the Moonlight
(Mulata a la Luz de la Luna)

Carlos Enríquez
1952
oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 24 inches
04344



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez
Musicians and Rumba Dancers
(Músicos y Pareja de Rumberos)

Carlos Enríquez
ca 1929
ink on heavy paper
9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
05787

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez
Paisaje
(Landscape)

Carlos Enríquez
1943
oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 27 3/4 inches
01134



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez
Retrato de Fernande Lescot
(Portrait of Fernande Lescot)

Carlos Enríquez
1945
oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches
05262



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Retrato de Joven
(Portrait of Young Lady)

Carlos Enríquez
ca. 1940
crayon on paper laid down on board
16 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
01219



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Retrato del Dr. Ponce de León
(Portrait of Dr. Ponce de León)

Carlos Enríquez
1947
oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 16 3/8 inches
00218



Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez Roda Pesquera de Santander
(Fishing Route of Santander)

Carlos Enríquez
1930
gouache on paper
12 x 9 1/4 inches
00217





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