Rufino Tamayo - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Phillips

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    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 Contemplando la Luna (Man Contemplating the Moon)

Etching and aquatint, on laid paper, with full margins.
I. 20 x 15 cm (7 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
S. 30.5 x 25 cm (12 x 9 7/8 in.)

Signed twice and dedicated 'To Phyllis with kind wishes' in pencil, a proof aside from the edition of 80 (there were also 5 unsigned hors commerce impressions), published by The Quadrangle Press, New York for the artist's deluxe edition monograph written by Robert Goldwater, unframed.

£1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for £1,125

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 25 January 2018