Nude in Orange


Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )

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General Description

Rufino Tamayo’s Nude in Orange is the model of abstracted modesty. Seated adjacent to an open door with hands folded and fingers interlaced on her lap, the model prominently displays herself—a flat, geometric construction of female anatomy. Her brightly contoured body, inked with vibrant oranges and red, stands out from the obscured, oily background. In this image, Tamayo uses a dark black line down the center of the figure’s body in order to separate his nude into two symmetrical halves. This line dictates the order, size, and proportion of the female’s balanced breasts, eyes, and dangling arms, creating a central axis on which her features exist.

Excerpt from

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