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Rufino Tamayo Portrait

Rufino Tamayo

Oaxaca, Mexico 1899

Mexico City, Mexico 1991

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Photo Caption:
Rufino Tamayo, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0048185


Mexican painter and muralist, who was influenced by the European modernism of Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso as well as pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk art. He rejected the dogma of the muralist explosion after the Mexican Revolution in favor of an exploration of modernist styles, waiting until 1933 to paint his first mural.

Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)