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Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899–1991)
LOT ID: 78642
Manos sobre fondo azul, 1979

Etching / Engraving
21 х 30 in. (53.34 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, lower right and numbered lower left on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1979
Edition 26/99
Lot description
Rufino Tamayo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and worked there until 1936 when he moved to New York, where he taught at the Dalton School and the Brooklyn Museum. He moved to Paris in 1954 and then back to his homeland ten years later. His style, while showing expressionist and semiabstract elements, is strongly indebted to native, ancient art forms.

His subject matter tends to be simple - figures of men, women and animals. In the 1950s Tamayo distanced himself from what he felt to be the provincial chauvinism of the Mexican art scene, still dominated by the Muralists. He represented iconography and indigenous roots of his national heritage through universal allegories and modernist pictorial stylisations.

Tamayo says, with conviction, that the spirit and soul are still valid beneath our mechanized, over-hyped societal structure. In 1972 a street in Oaxaca was named after Tamayo, and in 1974 he donated a museum to that city for the permanent exhibit of his own extensive collection of pre-Columbian art. Tamayo has been honored with many prestigious awards. His work is frequently exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world and is included in many important private and public collections.

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Museo Rufino Tamayo (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Manos sobre fondo azul by Rufino Tamayo
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  • Manos sobre fondo azul by Rufino Tamayo
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