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Quetzalcoatl

1979
27 x 51 1/2 in. (68.6 x 130.8 cm)

Rufino Tamayo
Mexican (1899 - 1991)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Mixograph on handmade paper
Credit Line: Hilda Coates Fund
Accession Number: 1986.8
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Location: Not currently on view
Artists Proofs: 7
B.A.T.: 70
Printers Proofs: 7

Rufino Tamayo is considered by many to be the father figure of contemporary Mexican art. Although he lived in New York City and Paris for many years, Tamayo’s work was always informed by his deep affinity for his own Zapotec Indian culture. The subject of this print is Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent who in Zapotec mythology was the god of the winds. Tamayo, a master printmaker, found mixographs particularly suited to his personal style. Using a wax slab rather than a conventional metal plate or stone, the mixograph technique allows the artist to create a painterly, textured surface.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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