Portrait of a Woman
Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )
Having returned from Paris to his ancestral Mexico, established painter, printmaker, and muralist Rufino Tamayo designed and executed a series of prints sharing a common theme: the female body. In this series, his skill in lithography, abstraction, and color application coalesces on paper to form a vibrantly savage study of the female form. Tamayo employs Cubism to abstract and flatten the pictorial plane and piece together features of his standing nude. The curved lines of the woman’s body are juxtaposed with the rigid construction of the interior space, specifically a closed window. Tamayo’s sharp contrast of color applied directly on the woman’s body denotes shadow and direction—a bold deviation from his earlier lithographs, which display women with their features completely obscured in a monochromatic shadow.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.