Not on display
- Rufino Tamayo 1899–1991
- Original title
- Hombre y muser
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1247 × 1800 mm
- Purchased 1982
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).
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986