Dark Man

MAKER:
Artist

Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )

DATE:
1976
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General Description

This color lithograph by Mexican printmaker Rufino Tamayo demonstrates the artist’s return to obscured, mysterious, and ominous abstracted figures in his work. Here Tamayo prints a perfectly symmetrical man, standing prominently in the center of the image. The vibrant orange-red background contrasts with the rusty, hardly decipherable, yet partitioned limbs of the man’s body. A darker ink is added throughout the print, applied generously and speckled unevenly, encompassing the man’s body in a cloud of smoke. The chaos suggests the figure teeters on the edge of dissolving into amorphousness.

Excerpt from

Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.