Woman with a Bird Cage

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1941

Artist:

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 263

Artist

Rufino Tamayo

Title

Woman with a Bird Cage

Origin

México

Date

1941

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed lower right: Tamayo / 41

Dimensions

109.4 × 83.8 cm (43 1/4 × 33 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Winterbotham Collection

Reference Number

1942.57

Extended information about this artwork

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