Rufino Tamayo, ‘Hombre y mano’, ca. 1930, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
Please note this work is a study for the mural Revolución that Tamayo painted in 1938 for the former National Museum of Anthropology and History, now the Museum of Cultures in Mexico City.
Courtesy of Phillips

Galería Antonio Souza, Mexico City
Collection of Roberta Bernard
Treadway Gallery, Oak Park
Acquired from the above by the present owner

We are grateful to Juan Carlos Pereda for his kind assistance in cataloguing this work.

About Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican artist of Zapotecan Indian descent, combined European painting styles and Mexican folk motifs in his paintings and prints. Tamayo, admired the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Henri Matisse, developed a strong interest in pre-Columbian art while working at the National Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City. He reacted against the political overtones of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco; instead, he was concerned with form and symbolism, and combining Mexican styles with Cubism and Surrealism. He was also active in the development of Mixografia, a printmaking technique used to create deep textured effects.

Mexican, 1899-1991, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico