Francisco Toledo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, November 1997–January 1998

  • Literature

    Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera, Francisco Toledo: Obra 1990–2017, vol. III, Mexico City, 2017, pp. 96–97, 605 (illustrated, pp. 96–97)

  • 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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Sapo y Chapulin

oil and sand on canvas
31 x 38 5/8 in. (78.7 x 98.1 cm)
Executed in 1997.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $81,900

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John McCord
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021