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

Portrait of Fernande Lescot
Retrato de Fernande Lescot, 1945
oil on canvas
32 x 24 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 03650 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

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez C3023 Charge with Machetes
(Carga al Machete)

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

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez C0418 Female Nude
(Desnudo de Mujer)

Carlos Enríquez
1948
ink on paper
23 x 17 inches
C0418

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez C5546 Haitian Woman
(Haitiana)

Carlos Enríquez
ca 1946
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
C5546

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 06069
Horse
(Caballo)

Carlos Enríquez
1954
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on canvas
8 1/4 x 11 inches
06069
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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 01780 Horses in Combat
(Caballos en Combate)

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

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 06629
Landscape with Ravine
(Paisaje con Cañada)

Carlos Enríquez
1945
oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches
06629
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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 05998 Nude
(Desnuda)

Carlos Enríquez
1949
ink on heavy paper laid down on board
20 7/8 x 16 1/2 inches
05998

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 06664 Nude Woman
(Desnudo de Mujer)

Carlos Enríquez
1942
oil on wood
24 x 18 inches
06664

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 00218 Portrait of Dr. Ponce de León
(Retrato del Dr. Ponce de León)

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

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 05262 Portrait of Fernande Lescot
(Retrato de Fernande Lescot)

Carlos Enríquez
1945
oil on canvas
32 x 24 inches
05262

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 01219 Portrait of Young Lady
(Retrato de Joven)

Carlos Enríquez
ca. 1948
crayon on paper
16 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
01219

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 00050 The Close Friends
(Las Comadritas)

Carlos Enríquez
1954
gouache on paper
18 x 14 inches
00050

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 00087 Tricolor Lilies
(Lirios Tricolores)

Carlos Enríquez
1942
oil on board
19 x 13 inches
00087

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Cuban Art Carlos Enríquez 00760 Woman on Carousel
(Dama en Carrusel)

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

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