Francisco Toledo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 16, 2023 | Phillips
  • “The pre-Hispanic world has been a source of inspiration; there are certain solutions that are decorative that come from pre-Hispanic art and at the same time there is much primitive art that is refined or simple but also very modern. It also comes from what I read—many fables from the Americas and other parts of the world.”
    — Francisco Toledo

    • Provenance

      The Artist
      Elena Cusi Wortham, Houston
      Thence by descent to the present owners

    • 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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Pez con toro

oil and sand on board
31 1/8 x 23 1/8 in. (79.1 x 58.7 cm)
Executed circa 1960, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Full Cataloguing

$70,000 - 90,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 May 2023