Rufino Tamayo - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Cabeza En Rojo (Head in Red), from Rufino Tamayo 15 Aguafuertes (15 Etchings)

Etching in colours with carborundum, on Guarro paper, the full sheet.
S. 55.6 x 75.4 cm (21 7/8 x 29 5/8 in.)
Signed and numbered 'HC 13/15' in white crayon (an hors commerce impression, the edition was 99 and 15 artist's proofs), published by Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A., Barcelona, framed.

£1,000 - 1,500 •‡

Sold for £1,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 12 September 2019