Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )
In this lithograph, Rufino Tamayo revisits a theme from his prolific painting career both preceding and during the Revolution. The artist lived out the war years in New York, freeing himself from the Mexican art scene, which was dominated by muralists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. It was also in New York that Tamayo was exposed to a prime model for developing his treatment of animals—Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. The influence of the Spanish vanguard painter is undeniable, as seen in the violent and hybrid characteristics of the howling dog. Tamayo’s dog stands in a bleak landscape, mouth agape and prominently displaying his serpentlike fangs.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.