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Pre-Columbian Figure

Rufino Tamayo, Mexican, (August 25, 1899–June 24, 1991)

Creation date: 1972
Creation place: Mexico

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Graphite and watercolor
Credit Line: Gift of Donald I. Guttman, M.D. and Donna Heblack Guttman
Accession Number: 2004.232
State/Province: Oaxaca
Dimensions: 13 in. x 10 1/4 in. (33.02 cm x 26.04 cm)


B. Lewin Galleries, Palm Springs, California ( - October 1991)

Dr. and Mrs. Donald Guttman, San Diego, California (October 1991 - February 6, 2005)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 6, 2005 - )

Label Copy

September 2006
Paper Traces
Rufino Tamayo is one of Mexico's great Modernist painters, as well as a prolific printmaker. In these graphite and ink drawings, Tamayo creates complementary and contrasting visual fields through his juxtaposition of line and color. The graphite lines are separated from and joined with the watercolor washes of red and green. Surfaces vibrate between foreground and background, between Modernist abstract stains and the penciled outlines of bowl and figure. Tamayo's fascination with Mexico's indigenous past was fueled by his appointment as chief of the Department of Ethnographic Drawing at the National Archaeological Museum in 1921. Tamayo's view of the pre-Hispanic past, however, is oriented toward a private cosmology.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Collection at SDMA San Diego Museum of Art , 9/23/2006 - 12/31/2006


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