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  • Provenance

    The Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art
    Acquired from the above by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1997

  • Catalogue Essay

    “If I could express with a single word what it is that distinguishes Tamayo
    from other painters of our age, I would say, without a moment’s hesitation:
    sun. For the sun is in all his pictures, whether we see it or not.” Octavio Paz

  • Artist Bio

    Rufino Tamayo

    Mexican • 1899 - 1991

    Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, Rufino Tamayo was an incredibly prolific artist working until his death at the age of 91. Half-European and half-Zapotec Indian, Tamayo produced work that was defined by his mestizo, or mixed-blood, heritage. Through his studies, Tamayo was exposed to every artistic school of his time including Fauvism, the classical French school, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism, all of which contributed to his style as it developed throughout his life.



    Tamayo reacted strongly against the Mexican muralists who dominated the art scene during his coming of age. Instead, his work is firmly grounded in realism while taking creative liberties in color and composition. His art emulates a unique blend of Cubism and Surrealism, joined with a deep understanding of Mexican culture.

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PROPERTY FROM THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT ACQUISITIONS OF LATIN AMERICAN ART

Untitled

1973
oil on canvas
14 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (36.2 x 36.2 cm.)
Signed and dated "Tamayo 0-73" upper left.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

sold for $125,000

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
lgonzalez@phillips.com
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 29 May 2014 4pm