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Rufino Tamayo

Schätzpreis: 70.000 $ - 90.000 $
Zuschlagspreis:  68.750 $
Los-Nr. 32, Aufrufe: 105

Rufino Tamayo El canto y la música 1933 graphite and charcoal on paper 18 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (46.4 x 61.6 cm) Signed and dated "Tamayo 33" lower left.
Provenance Collection of Fernando Gamboa, Mexico City Sotheby's New York, Latin American Art, November 20, 2001, lot 31 Private Collection, Kansas Acquired from the above by the present owner Exhibited Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Rufino Tamayo Setenta años de creación, December 1987 - March 1988 Mexico City, Museos del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Recordando a Fernando Gamboa, June - August, 1995 Mexico City, Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo, Rufino Tamayo del reflejo al sueño: 1920-1950, October 19, 1995 - January 21, 1996 Mexico City, Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Tamayo Dibujante 1926 - 1989, October 26, 2004 - January 30, 2005 Literature Rufino Tamayo Setenta años de creación, exh. cat., Museos del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, December 1987 - March 1988, p. 334 (illustrated) Recordando a Fernando Gamboa, exh. cat., Museos del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 1995, Catalogue No. 77, p. 20, No.18 (illustrated) Rufino Tamayo del reflejo al sueño: 1920-1950, exh. cat., Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 1995, p. 29 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay The subject of the present lot is one of the allegorical characters included in the composition of the mural, El canto y la música - the first mural painted by Rufino Tamayo in 1933. The figure may be the embodiment of one of the muses or deities of music. The work depicts a woman in an ecstatic state flying through the air with a look of concentration on her face while she plays cymbals. Her long hair and her dress are not treated in detail, but that is appropriate for allegorical figures as they are symbols rather than depictions of individuals. As was typical in art from this period in Mexico, the sturdy volume of the subject has associations with women of the lower classes, which Tamayo enriches with the abstracted forms of pre-Columbian sculptures modeled by hand from clay. The work was drawn with graphite and charcoal on thick, tan kraff paper. It is signed and dated in the lower left hand corner, and it belonged for many years to the collection of Fernando Gamboa, close friend of the artist and one of the most important and active promoters of culture of the first half of Mexico's twentieth century. Allegorical figures have a long tradition in Western art. They were directly included in the colonial painting of the Viceroyalty of New Spain and very soon their features acquired the physical characteristics the local indigenous peoples. Many paintings produced in the three centuries of the colonial period represent these mythological beings, who retained their virtues and attributes in a vernacular manner. During the 19th century allegorical figures became associated with the painting of the people and even became part of the iconographic repertoire of the decorations in the local pulquerías. Their images were also inserted in popular games such as the lottery and other table games, which is possibly where Tamayo first became inspired to personify the muses and the kind of fantastic beings that appear in his youthful works. Las sirenas and El sueño, wood engravings from 1926, Las mensajeras en el viento from 1929, and Las musas de la pintura from 1932 are only some of the images of this genre that appear in Tamayo's work before they appear on a monumental scale in the mural El canto y la música. This very detailed drawing, executed with careful attention, is the study for one of the levitating characters that appears in the composition of El canto y la música, which Tamayo painted in the main staircase of the then Conservatorio Nacional de Música (National Conservatory of Music). The image of the woman playing cymbals, in a state of ecstasy, did not suffer any changes when it was being transposed to one of the doors of the stairwell of the staircase in that vice-royal palace planted in the heart of Mexico City. It's appropriate to take into account that the features of the deity are powerfully associated with the appearance of p

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Auktionshaus: Phillips
Titel: Latin America
Auktionsdatum: 26.05.2015
Adresse: Phillips
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