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Two Women Combing Their Hair

Artist Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899–1991)
Title Two Women Combing Their Hair
Date 1941
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Framed: 51 1/16 × 74 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (129.7 × 188.9 × 3.8 cm)
Stretcher: 44 7/8 x 68 3/16 in. (114 x 173.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 82.65

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Born to Zapotec parents in Oaxaca, Rufino Tamayo was one of the greatest Mexican artists of the twentieth century. He was influenced by French modernist styles such as Cubism, as well as the pre-Hispanic traditions of his native Mexico. In this painting, the solid forms and simple geometry of the figures are reminiscent of the neoclassical style cultivated by Picasso during the 1920s and 30s. On the other hand, the subdued earth-tone palette is reminiscent of indigenous Mexican pottery. Tamayo was more concerned with form than with the specificity of his subject matter; thus he portrays the women as mythical, universal archetypes.

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