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Rufino Tamayo print STRIPED FIGURE.


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Rufino Tamayo “Striped Figure” offset lithographic print. The photos are a bit dark. The paper is white.... This is a print of a oil on canvas print of “Striped Figure” which was painted in 1975 by the great Rufino Tamayo. This print is on heavy paper stock and measures 15-3/4” by 11-5/8”. On the front there is “PP xv/xv” and I have no idea what exactly this signifies. To the right and center of this there is a blind stamp which says “Gallary 33 Ventura USA” with a blind stamp image of a swirling design. To the right of this is a signature “R Tamayo” but this signature is not an original signature but either pre-printed or stamped under the image. Again, this is NOT an original Tamayo signature. On the verso of this print is label with “gallery 33 Ventura USA” and two prices on it. The print is enclosed in a Mylar envelope and I did not open it, and took a photograph of this print through the Mylar. At the bottom left printed in red ink and also in Spanish and English there is information in a few lines of text about this print. The print is in fine condition with a bit of light creasing under the printed “R Tamayo” name. A very minor corner bend is present on the left lower corner. When framed these will not be present. The image of this painting is of excellent quality. ABOUT THIS MAJOR ARTIST Rufino del Carmen Arellanes Tamayo (August 25, 1899 – June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. Rufino Tamayo, along with other muralists such as Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros, represented the twentieth century in their native country of Mexico. After the Mexican Revolution, Tamayo devoted himself to creating a distinct identity in his work. He expressed what he envisioned as the traditional Mexico and eschewed the overt political art of such contemporaries as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Oswaldo Guayasamin, and David Alfaro Sigueiros. He disagreed with these muralists in their belief that the revolution was necessary for the future of Mexico but considered, instead, that the revolution would harm Mexico. In his painting, Niños Jugando con Fuego (Children Playing with Fire, 1947), Tamayo shows two individuals being burnt by a fire they have created, a symbol of the Mexican people being injured by its own choice and action. Tamayo claimed, “We are in a dangerous situation, and the danger is that man may be absorbed and destroyed by what he has created". Due to his opinion, he was characterized by some as a "traitor" to the political cause. Tamayo came to feel that he could not freely express his art; he therefore decided in 1926 to leave Mexico and move to New York City. Prior to his departure, Tamayo organized a one-man show of his work in Mexico City where he was noticed for his individuality. The artist returned to Mexico in 1929 to have another solo show, this time being met with high praise and media coverage. Rufino Tamayo’s legacy in the history of art lies in his oeuvre of original graphic prints in which he cultivated every technique. Rufino Tamayo’s graphic work, produced between 1925 and 1991, includes woodcuts, lithographs, etchings and "Mixografia" prints. With the help of Mexican painter and engineer Luis Remba, Tamayo expanded the technical and aesthetic possibilities of the graphic arts by developing a new medium which they named Mixografia. This technique is a unique fine art printing process that allows for the production of prints with three-dimensional texture. It not only registered the texture and volume of Rufino Tamayo's design but also granted the artist freedom to use any combination of solid materials in its creation. Rufino Tamayo was delighted with the Mixografia process and created some 80 original Mixographs.

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