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Merengue en Boca Chica 1983 Raphael Ferrer American 1933- Oil on canvas Purchase anonymous gift 1984 20th Century Art Modern Art Blanche and AL Levine Court Merengue en Boca Chica reveals a bright and moving piece of work that makes native Puerto Rican music come to mind In the painting there is a group of three Hispanic males playing various instruments These three figures are painted in such a way that they appear to be moving to the rhythm of the music Their posture suggests rhythmic movements as their arms are moving to play these instruments Their legs are apart while their heads seem to be still while concentrating on their individual parts in the music Their hands and overall body language shows content and satisfied performance of their indigenous music In addition to the three men there is one woman who seems to be relaxing in front of them as if listening to the music She is dressed in a bathing suit with her feet elevated on a chair and footrest Her left hand is slapping her thigh gently to the rhythms she hears while she enjoys the surroundings of nature The setting for this painting is a pueblo or a small village surrounded by palm trees The presence of what looks like sand suggests that the village may be at or in front of a beach So this painting puts the audience either in the water facing the figures and village or just in front of the water facing the village figures Other things seen in the picture besides people are cigarette butts lounge chairs palm trees lounge chairs 2 houses musical instruments clouds sky grass debris and various types of leaves and dead palms The instruments in the painting are the guira the tambora the guitar and a cajon In Merengue en Boca Chica many colors were used The painting is exuberant and bursting with various shades of red
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