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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Mexico
    By descent to the present owner

  • 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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29

Cabeza en rojo

1959
oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (40 x 27 cm.)
Signed and dated "Tamayo 0-59" upper left; further signed "R.Tamayo" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Galería de Arte Mexicano.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $118,750

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm