Rufino Tamayo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1963

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Shiba Shirokane Geihinkan (Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum), Rufino Tamayo, September 11 - October 6, 1963, no. 51, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Hombre y la luna

signed and dated "Tamayo O-63" upper right; titled "HOMBRE Y LA LUNA" on the reverse
oil and sand on canvas
21 3/4 x 25 3/8 in. (55.3 x 64.3 cm.)
Executed in 1963.

We are grateful to Juan Carlos Pereda for his kind assistance in cataloguing this work.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $137,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018