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

Creation date: 1984
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Lithograph
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of Don Pedro Temboury, Consul General of Spain, through the City of San Diego
Accession Number: 1987.13.2
Dimensions: 19 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (50.17 cm x 34.93 cm)

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September 2006
Paper Traces
Mexican poet Octavio Paz once identified Rufino Tamayo's work as a “vast metaphor.” This idea is applicable to his three works in the 1984 series Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tamayo, famous for his rejection of the popular realism of the muralists, chose to focus on a language of intense colors, abstracted forms, and shallow spaces, all heavily influenced by Cubism. The luminous texture characteristic of Tamayo's work is a result of his mixografía technique. Materials such as sawdust are added to the printing process for greater texture and depth. Although Tamayo declined to use generic national themes, he found inspiration in pre-Columbian artifacts and in the bright colors of Mexico's vernacular aesthetic.
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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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