Rufino Tamayo

Man and Woman

1981

Not on display
Artist
Rufino Tamayo 1899–1991
Original title
Hombre y muser
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1247 x 1800 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
T03370

Catalogue entry

T03370 Man and Woman 1981
Oil on canvas 49 1/8 × 70 7/8 (1247 × 1800)
Inscribed ‘Tamayo/O.81’ b.r. and HOMBRE Y MUSER/180 × 125/OLEO’ on back of canvas
Purchased from the artist through Marlborough Fine Art (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Exh: Rufino Tamayo: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, November–December 1981 (14, repr. in col.); Marlborough Fine Art, February 1982 (14, repr. in col.)
Lit: Octavio Paz and Jacques Lassaigne, Rufino Tamayo, New York, 1982, pl.265 in col.

The artist has explained that the letter ‘O’ before the date in the inscription is a homage to his wife Olga, using the initial of her first name. He agreed that this picture could be said to convey ‘the feeling of desolation we all have about this hostile world in which we unfortunately live today’ (letter of 15 January 1985).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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