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Woman with a Bird Cage

A work made of oil on canvas.
© Tamayo Heirs / Mexico / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899–1991)

About this artwork

Seeking an expressive and modern manner of painting, Rufino Tamayo fused Mexican traditions with avant-garde artistic innovations. In Woman with a Bird Cage, the influence of Cubism is apparent in Tamayo’s depiction of the woman’s body, which has been fractured into planes of color. Yet her distinctive elongated ear, large nose, open mouth, and the other aspects of her physiognomy reflect the artist’s study of Pre-Columbian art. Although Tamayo, unlike his countrymen Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, did not address overtly social themes in his paintings, his references to the ancient and indigenous art forms of his country suggest that his art was no less concerned with aspects of Mexican identity.


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Arts of the Americas


Rufino Tamayo


Woman with a Bird Cage


Mexico (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed lower right: Tamayo / 41


109.4 × 83.8 cm (43 1/4 × 33 in.)

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Gift of Joseph Winterbotham Collection

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© Tamayo Heirs / Mexico / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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