Francisco Toledo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mrs. Bergljot Skaugen, Oslo
    Galleri K, Oslo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1980

  • Exhibited

    Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus, Rodolfo Nieto, Francisco Toledo, Malerier og akvareller, February 10 - March 4, 1962, no. 22

  • Artist Biography

    Francisco Toledo

    Mexican • 1940

    Francisco Toledo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico where he studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes. Upon moving to Mexico City, he met Rufino Tamayo who quickly became one of his main supporters and mentors. Toledo culminated his studies in Paris and returned to Mexico where he would become an influential figure in the cultural development of his home city via his involvement with the Contemporary Museum of Oaxaca.

    He has produced an incredibly prolific body of work that includes lithographs, engravings, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics and tapestries. He renders these fantastical creatures and forms with bold painterly brushstrokes and manipulates the texture by employing gold leaf and sand in certain areas. His works continually deal with the physical exploration of material, providing the viewer with insights into his process and imagination.

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Property from an Important European Collector


Luz’ de Foco

signed and dated "Toledo 60" on the reverse
oil and sand on canvas
38 1/4 x 51 1/8 in. (96.8 x 130 cm.)
Executed in 1960.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $106,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue