Rufino Tamayo - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galería Antonio Souza, Mexico City
    Collection of Roberta Bernard
    Treadway Gallery, Oak Park
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

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

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please note this work is a study for the mural Revolución that Tamayo painted in 1938 for the former National Museum of Anthropology and History, now the Museum of Cultures in Mexico City.

  • 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 mano

pencil on paper
10 5/8 x 14 in. (27 x 35.6 cm)
Executed circa 1930.

$15,000 - 20,000 

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Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
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Latin America

New York Auction 22 November 2016