Rufino Tamayo Mexican, 1899-1991

Overview

Tamayo was a prolific painter, printmaker, and sculptor whos influences include his own Mexican heritage as well as Cubism and Surrealism of the European modernists. His style is, however, unique focusing on form and color in the depiction of vernacular objects like the animals and fruits of his home country. Tamayo studied color, line, and composition in his still lifes which, over time, became increasingly minimalist. Sculptue came late in life to Tamayo, in this iconic example he presents a familiar form, the watermelon, devoid of color, texture, or detail, but recognizable by its distinctive shape and relates directly to his fascination with the subject which he depicted so many times throught his career.

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