Rufino Tamayo ( Mexican, 1899 - 1991 )
One of Rufino Tamayo’s many color lithographs printed in Paris, this impression demonstrates the artist’s move from his traditional representative treatment of women to a highly abstracted female form, heavily influenced by Cubism. While working in Mexico, Tamayo began depicting female nudes with a matronly, indigenous, and allegorical identity. Here and in a series of editions prepared and printed in New York after the war, Tamayo embraces the aesthetics of Cubist artists working in Paris—notably Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque—half a century after the inception of the movement. In this lithograph, a woman’s long arm curves across her body, fist clenched. Her femininity, however, is not lost within Tamayo’s abstraction, but rather heightened by the delicate curves of her limbs and the grainy pastels of the interior in which she sits.
Erin Piñon, Tower Gallery: Latin American Art, Label text, 2017.