Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991)
Signed, dated, and numbered "TAMAYO/O-89/6/7" on the top of the base.
Steel with a black patina, 79 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (201.3 x 31.8 x 31.8 cm).
Condition: Scattered scratches and abrasions.
Provenance: Marie-Jos? Tramini; Jos? Sol Rosales; Jose Perez; by family descent to the current private collection.
N.B. A painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Rufino Tamayo was a prolific artist influenced by his Mexican heritage as well as by European modernism, including Cubism and Surrealism. He developed a unique style focused on form and color in the depiction of vernacular objects like the animals and fruits of his home country. Rejecting the social realism and the historical narrative style of his contemporaries, Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and Jos? Clemente Orozco, Tamayo studied color, line, and composition in his still lifes which, over time, became increasingly minimalist. Tamayo began to create sculptures late in life, and this iconic example presents the watermelon motif in its sparest formùdevoid of color, texture, or detail, but still recognizable by its distinctive shape.
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